Saturday, 17 September 2016

Former Burkina Faso prime minister charged and jailed for murder

Luc-Adolphe
Tiao, the last prime
minister of Burkina Faso before the
ousting of former president Blaise
Compaore, has been charged for
murder and imprisoned on Friday.

The Chief Prosecutor of Burkina Faso’s
High Court told AFP that he was
arrested and later jailed in connection
with the popular uprising in 2014.
“The former prime minister Luc-
Adolphe Tiao was placed under
committal order led to his arrest and
subsequent imprisonment at the
Ouagadougou prison this (Friday)
morning in connection with the
investigation of the case on the
popular uprising in October 2014,”
Armand Ouedraogo told AFP.
“He was charged with murder, assault
and battery and then complicity of all
these acts,” he added.
This is the first indictment in relation
to the 33 people killed during the
uprising against Compaore in October
2014 which led to the fall of the
regime.
Tiao who lived in exile in Ivory Coast
for over a year and a half, returned to
Burkina Faso last weekend, a week
after the hearing of members of his
government who remained in the
country.
It was during the hearings that the
police were delegated by the High
Court on Tuesday to arrest him for his
alleged role in the killings of
protesters.
Another former prime minister, General
Isaac Zida, who is on exile in Canada
after serving till the 2015 election after
the ousting of Compaore, is under trial
in Burkina Faso for “desertion in time
of peace”.
Burkina Faso authorities led by
President Roch Marc Christian Kabore
have vowed to investigate crimes
during the popular uprising in 2014.