Burkina Faso sets date for alleged 2015 coup mastermind

The trial of the alleged brains of the failed coup d’ etat of September 2015 in Burkina Faso, Generals Gilbert Diendere and Djibrill Bassole, will open on February 27, 2018 before a military court in Ouagadougou, announced the justice system on Monday.

Alioun Zanre, Military Prosecutor, said in a statement that the proceedings will begin on Tuesday, February 27 to prosecute General Diendere and 83 other co-accused.

General Diendere along with others being prosecuted were “charged with assaulting, murder, assault, wilful assault, deliberate damage to property belonging to others, treason, incitement to commit acts contrary to the rules and discipline, violence and assault on others, or complicity in such offences.”

September 16, 2015 was the day soldiers of the presidential security regiment, the former Praetorian guard of ex-president Blaise Compaore, tried unsuccessfully to overthrow the transition al government set up after the fall of Mr Compaore, who was driven out on October 31, 2014 by the street after 27 years in power.

The coup had, however, failed thanks to a popular mobilization supported by part of the army.

General Bassole, who is placed under house arrest, was charged with “treason” on the basis of recording a supposed telephone conversation he allegedly had with the President of the Ivorian National Assembly, Guillaume Soro, in which he appears to be asserting his support for the coup in September 2015.

 Photo credits – Modern Ghana

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