A Court in Burkina Faso on Thursday postponed the trial of former leader Blaise Compaore and his cabinet for their alleged role in killing protestors during an uprising in October 2014 that overthrew his government.
Reuters reports that the unrest saw crowds of hundreds of thousands marched in the capital Ouagadougou against Compaore’s attempt to prolong his 27-year rule, driving him into exile in Ivory Coast where he remains.
The decision followed a request from a lawyer for the defence.
At least 25 ministers from Compaore’s former cabinet turned up at court on Thursday, shaking hands and talking amicably as a large crowd looked on the benches.
COmpaore and the ministers face assassination charges for allegedly authorizing the use of force that killed at least 24 protestors.
Since the rising, Burkina Faso has completed a rocky transition period during which a close ally of Compaore sought to seize power in a frustrated coup before holding peaceful elections that brought Roch Marc Kabore to power in 2015.