Dabo Boukary, a seventh-year medical student, was abducted and tortured to death by presidential security soldiers in May 1990. The trial began on Monday 19 September.
as reported from Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani
Called the bar at first court day, Lt. Col. Mamadou Bamba denied serving as a guide for presidential security soldiers in May 1990, he argued at the hearing. “I had no relationship with these soldiers,” he insisted.
The accused maintained that he did not know the student Dabo Boukary, his senior at the Faculty of Medicine. Astonishment at me Prosper Farama, one of the lawyers of the Dabo family: “You were in medicine and you did not know Dabo Boukary, who was in the seventh year of the same faculty!”
General Gilbert Dienderehead of the Pô commando training center at the time of the events, denied any involvement in the arrest of the students in May 1990. “It was around 11:00 p.m. that a soldier informed me that a civilian had died within the agreement council.” he said, before he continued: “I immediately went to wake up the President of Faso to inform him.”
The court insisted: Were the soldiers behind Dabo Boukay’s arrest and torture not under your command? “They were under my command, but they did not act under my command,” replied General Diendere.
The third accused, Sergeant Victor Magloire Yougbaré, is on the run, according to the prosecution. He is the subject of a warrant for his arrest.