Former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore has returned to his country after seven years in exile. The government said he was there for talks with the military junta as part of reconciliation efforts.
One journalist tweeted the homecoming photos:
Compaore was sentenced in absentia to life in prison for his role in the assassination of the country’s revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara, during the coup that brought him to power 35 years ago, in April this year.
Lawyers representing Sankara’s family have called for his immediate apprehension.
It is not clear whether Compaoré will stand trial upon his return to Burkina Faso.