Ousted Burkina leader’s party denounces treason trial bid

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Members of Burkina Faso's interim parliament raise their hands on July 16, 2015 in Ouagadougou as they vote on a resolution asking the High Court to put deposed leader Blaise Compaore on trial for "high treason" and violating the constitution (AFP Photo/Ahmed Ouoba)
Members of Burkina Faso’s interim parliament raise their hands on July 16, 2015 in Ouagadougou as they vote on a resolution asking the High Court to put deposed leader Blaise Compaore on trial for “high treason” and violating the constitution (AFP Photo/Ahmed Ouoba)

Ouagadougou (AFP) – The party of Burkina Faso’s deposed leader Blaise Compaore on Saturday denounced moves by the interim parliament to put him on trial for high treason, saying it was aimed at stopping its members from contesting upcoming elections.

Lawmakers on Thursday adopted a resolution asking the High Court to put Compaore on trial for “high treason” and violating the constitution.

Burkina Faso has been run by transitional authorities since Compaore fled the country last year after a popular uprising erupted over his plans to extend his 27-year rule.

“We see… a bid by the authorities of the interim government to prevent some of our comrades from contesting upcoming elections,” said Mathieu Some, an official in Compaore’s Congress for Democracy and Progress (CDP) party.

The interim parliament has also accused former premier Luc Adolphe Tiao and his government of “intentional assault, murder and complicity in assault and murder”.

Compaore, who came to power in a coup in 1987, sparked mass anger when he announced his intention to change the constitution so he could stand for a third term in 2015.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets, and were met with a brutal crackdown by security forces.

On October 31, Compaore stepped down and sought refuge in Ivory Coast.

Presidential and legislative elections are due to be held on October 11.

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