The murder of Dabo Boukari in Burkina: the survivors

On the 2nd day of the trial in the case of the assassination of Dabo Boukari, in May 1990 by the presidential security guards, after the interrogation of General Gibert Diendéré, prosecuted for complicity in illegal arrest, kidnapping, complicity in assault and violence resulting in the death and concealment of a body, the witnesses were called to the bar.

as reported from OuagadougouYaya Boudani

If most of the witnesses say that they know nothing about the real circumstances of the death of the student in the 7th year of medicine, the survivors gave their testimony. From their arrest, sequestration and transfer to the military barracks for months, the details of their comrade’s death, described as a “secret defense”, have been revealed.

On May 19, 1990, soldiers in a civilian vehicle drove around certain neighborhoods in Ouagadougou looking for the leaders of the student union behind a strike on campus. In court, Aboubacar Coulibaly explains how they were taken to the presidential security barracks.

“We were put in the trunk of a vehicle and taken to the Entente Council. When we arrived, they started beating us. Some held ropes, others broke branches. Me, when I was beaten, Dabo was watered using a hose connected to a faucet, and when it was Dabo’s turn, I was watered.

After his death, the body of Dabo Boukari is smuggled at night for his funeral. His other comrades who attended the scene were transferred to a military barracks a hundred kilometers away. Sansan Kambou

“Because we were inconvenient witnesses, it was impossible for the students who had been arrested with Dabo to still be with the other students outside. It is because of this that we were transferred to where we stayed for more than five months. We were simply told: “we have to close it!” »

According to these witnesses, the survivors were released with instructions not to say a single word about what they experienced during their detention, at the risk of suffering the same fate.

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