Ex-Burk­ina PM charged with mur­der: prose­cu­tor

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OUAGADOUGOU — Luc Adolphe Tiao, the last prime min­is­ter of for­mer Burk­in­abe pres­i­dent Blaise Com­paore, has been de­tained and charged with mur­der over un­rest that saw the lat­ter un­seated in 2014, the supreme court prose­cu­tor gen­eral said on Fri­day.

Com­paore lost power af­ter 27 years fol­low­ing a pop­u­lar up­ris­ing in Oc­to­ber 2014 against his at­tempts to change the con­sti­tu­tion to re­main in of­fice and last year the coun­try’s tran­si­tional coun­cil in­dicted him and se­nior mem­bers of his gov­ern­ment on charges of high trea­son.

The supreme court prose­cu­tor said Tiao had been de­tained and charged as part of its man­date to in­ves­ti­gate the “pop­u­lar in­sur­rec­tion” which ac­com­pa­nied the col­lapse of the Com­paore regime.

“For­mer prime min­is­ter Luc Adolphe Tiao has been placed in de­ten­tion and was taken to a prison fa­cil­ity at Ouagadougou this morn­ing,” Ar­mand Oue­draogo said.

“He has been charged with mur­der, beat­ing and de­lib­er­ate wound­ing and com­plic­ity” in vi­o­lence in con­nec­tion with mil­i­tary at­tempts to put down the up­ris­ing.

Ouagadougou prose­cu­tor Maiza Sereme last week de­cried the “dif­fi­cul­ties” en­coun­tered in pur­su­ing the case against Tiao and for­mer regime lead­ers cit­ing a lack of “co-op­er­a­tion” from state au­thor­i­ties.

Tiao spent a year-and-a-half in ex­ile in Cote d’Ivoire but re­turned to Burk­ina Faso last week­end af­ter ques­tion­ing of sev­eral mem­bers of his for­mer cabi­net who re­main in the coun­try.

Sev­eral sources have said that for­mer jour­nal­ist Tiao is ac­cused of hav­ing signed an or­der for the army to use force in putting down the pop­u­lar up­ris­ing. — AFP

WASH­ING­TON — With each scripted speech, shift in pol­icy and at­tempt to white­wash his past be­hav­iour, Don­ald Trump is brazenly bet­ting that vot­ers now set­tling on their choice for pres­i­dent are will­ing to shove aside all that came be­fore his latein-the-cam­paign re­cal­i­bra­tion.

It’s a deeply un­cer­tain propo­si­tion given Trump’s stag­ger­ingly neg­a­tive stand­ing with most Amer­i­cans.

Polls show more than half be­lieve the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee is un­qual­i­fied to be pres­i­dent and is bi­ased against women and mi­nori­ties. But his strat­egy doesn’t re­quire mov­ing huge seg­ments of the elec­torate.

Seven weeks from the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion and with ab­sen­tee bal­lots al­ready avail­able in a few states, Trump and Demo­crat Hil­lary Clin­ton are fight­ing for a small sliver of un­de­cided vot­ers who, in many cases, sim­ply can’t stom­ach ei­ther.

“What th­ese can­di­dates are try­ing to con­vince the vot­ers of is, ‘I’m not as bad as the other one,’” said Neil Ne­w­house, a Repub­li­can poll­ster.

In re­cent weeks, Trump’s at­tempts to make that case have some­times left him look­ing like a can­di­date with lit­tle re­sem­blance to the one who stunned the Repub­li­can Party

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