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Burkina coup trial suspended again

The next hearing of Burkina Faso’s coup trial which resumed on Wednesday has been suspended again on Thursday.It will resume next Monday to allow the head of the military tribunal, Seydou Ouedraogo to examine the applications of the respondents.

The trial which resumed Thursday morning at the Ouaga 2000 banquet hall was suspended a few moments later.

The day’s proceedings focused on the case filed by defense lawyers challenging the unconstitutionality of the court to hear it.

66 soldiers and 18 civilians are  accused of roles in the failed putsch of 2015.

They are charged with “breach of state security, murder, assault, destruction of property belonging to others, treason, incitement to commit acts contrary to the rules and discipline, violence and assault on others or complicity in these offenses.”

The trial which began on 27 February, this year was postponed to 21st March after defense lawyers challenged the legality of the court.

Published on 28.04.2020

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