Burkina general, ex-Compaore minister charged over failed coup

The general behind Burkina Faso's failed coup was charged, together with a former top aide to ousted president Blaise Compaore, with "murder" and "attacking state security", judicial sources have said.

Ouagadougou: The general behind Burkina Faso's failed coup was charged, together with a former top aide to ousted president Blaise Compaore, with "murder" and "attacking state security", judicial sources have said.

General Gilbert Diendere and Djibrill Bassole, a former foreign minister under Compaore, were also charged with "collusion with foreign forces to destabilise internal security", "causing intentional injury" and "intentional destruction of property" over the short-lived September 17 putsch, the sources said yesterday. The pair were remanded in custody.

Diendere had given himself up last week after after taking refuge at the residence of the Vatican's ambassador to the west African country just before an army raid on the barracks of his elite, Compaore-loyal Presidential Security Regiment.

He had said he was willing to face justice. Bassole, by contrast, denied any involvement in the coup, his Paris-based lawyer Alexandre Varaut said last week.

Bassole was among the former members of Compaore's regime who were barred from running in upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on the grounds they had had backed Compaore's bid to extend his 27-year grip on power.

One of the demands of the putschists was that the elections be "inclusive", meaning that Compaore loyalists like Bassole, who had announced a bid for president, be allowed to run for office.

After four days they agreed to hand back power to the interim government that has been running Burkina Faso since Compaore's ouster in a popular uprising in October 2014.
Ten people were killed in the September disturbances, according to the interim government.