Two Years After Compaore’s Ouster, the Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly in Burkina Faso

Two Years After Compaore’s Ouster, the Wheels of Justice Turn Slowly in Burkina Faso
People gather as they await the announcement of a new interim leader, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Oct. 31, 2014 (AP photo by Theo Renaut).

In mid-September, Luc Adolphe Tiao, the last prime minister of Burkina Faso’s former president, Blaise Compaore, became the first official to be jailed for the shootings of unarmed demonstrators during the popular insurrection that ousted Compaore in 2014. Tiao, who was believed to have signed an order authorizing troops to fire into huge crowds of protesters two years ago, was formally indicted on murder charges and taken into custody. With Compaore in exile in neighboring Cote d’Ivoire, beyond the immediate reach of Burkina Faso’s courts, it has taken nearly two years for anyone in his government to be locked up […]

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