Burkina Faso's ex-president charged with treason

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Posted: Jul 17, 2015 5:43 AM

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Burkina Faso's state media says the former president who resigned last year and fled the country during a popular uprising has been charged with "high treason" by transitional lawmakers.

The report Thursday night said the charges against Blaise Compaore stem from his attempt last year to amend the constitution so he could run for a third term. The move prompted massive protests in Ouagadougou and elsewhere, ultimately forcing Compaore to resign after 27 years in power.

Transitional lawmakers have also brought murder and assault charges against former officials who approved Compaore's bid to stay in office. Amnesty International and other groups say security forces opened fire on peaceful demonstrators, killing some.

Compaore now lives in neighboring Ivory Coast, though he reportedly flew to Morocco this week for medical treatment.