Burkina Faso charges three soldiers over murdered journalist

Authorities in Burkina Faso charge three army officials over killing of Journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

A girl rides a bicycle past graffiti reading "Justice" with a picture of slain former President Thomas Sankara in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Three soldiers in Burkina Faso have been charged by authorities over the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998 during former President Blaise Compaore’s rule.  

The three soldiers who are in jail, had belonged to the presidential guard, were charged a week after an army general was accused over the assassination of President Thomas Sankara in 1987.   

A lawyer for Zongo’s family, Stanislas Bénéwendé Sankara told Reuters that further arrests would be possible.  

Transitional Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida, was speaking at a ceremony on Saturday to open a road in Ouagadougou named after Zongo, and said, "We want the people of Burkina Faso know that we are on the road to justice for Norbert Zongo."

Zongo was a publisher of the Burkina Faso’s Independent newspaper and was investigating on the killing of a driver who worked for Compaore’s brother. Later his burnt body was found in south of the capital Ouagadougou.

Transitional President Michel Kafando was in the position to organise free democratic elections for the first time in decades.

Last month, Roch Marc Kabore was elected president of Burkina Faso, according to a statement issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

TRTWorld and agencies