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.
With our correspondent in Ouagadougou, Yaya Boudani
Called to the bar at first day of trialLieutenant-Colonel Mamadou Bamba denied having served as a guide for presidential security soldiers, in May 1990. “ I did not accompany soldiers to show homes or identify any students in photos “, he argued during the hearing. ” I had no relation to these soldiers he hammered.
The accused maintained that he did not know the student Dabo Boukary, his eldest at the faculty of medicine. Astonishment of 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 in the same faculty! »
General Gilbert Dienderehead of the Pô commando training center at the time of the events, rejected any participation in the arrest of the students in May 1990. It was around 11 p.m. that a soldier informed me that a civilian had died within the cartel council. “, he said, before continuing: “ I immediately went to wake up the President of Faso to inform him. »
The court insisted: weren’t the soldiers who arrested Dabo Boukay and tortured him under your command? ” They were under my command, but they did not act under my command “retorted General Diendéré.
The third accused, Sergeant Victor Magloire Yougbaré, is on the run according to the prosecution. He is the subject of an arrest warrant.