Burkina Faso court throws out ex-president arrest warrant

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OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — An appeals court in Burkina Faso has thrown out an international arrest warrant for former President Blaise Compaore.

Last year, a military tribunal issued the warrant against Compaore, who was forced to resign in late 2014 amid a popular insurrection after nearly three decades in power.

Compaore faced assassination charges in connection with the killing of revolutionary president Thomas Sankara during a coup in 1987.

However, Compaore had become a citizen of Ivory Coast, a move critics said blocked him from facing extradition.

The Burkina Faso court of appeal announced Thursday the warrant was being annulled because of procedural errors.

Also on Thursday, an arrest warrant for Ivorian politician Guillaume Soro was set aside. Soro had been accused of playing a role in a foiled coup last September.

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