Burkina cancels arrest warrant for Ivory Coast parliament speaker
07 June 2016, 13:53
Abidjan – Burkina Faso cancelled an international arrest warrant
for Ivory Coast's former prime minister Guillaume Soro on Monday, the latest
twist in a saga which has tainted diplomatic relations between the countries
Ouagadougou wanted to bring in Soro, who is currently parliament
speaker in neighbouring Ivory Coast, over his alleged role in a short-lived
coup in Burkina last year.
But on Monday military prosecutor Commander Alioune Zanre
announced that Burkina would be handing over responsibility for the matter to
the Ivory Coast.
Zanre said Interpol had refused to assist with the extradition of
Soro because the crime was linked to political offences and he may be tried in
a military court.
Former Ivorian rebel leader and prime minister Soro was wanted by
Burkina after telephone wiretaps allegedly revealed he supported a putsch there
The attempted coup was staged by troops from a presidential guard
loyal to former Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore but was thwarted by street
protesters and the army, which attacked the plotters' barracks.
At least 11 people were killed and more than 270 were injured in
Relations between the countries came under pressure when Compaore –
a key ally of Ivory Coast president Alassane Ouattara – fled to Abidjan after a
popular uprising in 2014 and was given Ivorian nationality.
Burkinabe authorities issued a warrant for his arrest in December
2015 for his alleged role in the mysterious 1987 killing of his comrade,
ex-president Thomas Sankara.
They then cancelled but later reinstated the warrant.