By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Saturday, January 18, 2020.
Djibril Yipènè Bassolé, a jailed former senior officer in the army of Burkina Faso and former Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2007 to 2008 under the regime of Blaise Compaoré, has been hospitalized since January 15, 2020.
Bassolé is a Burkinabè politician and diplomat. He served in the government of Burkina Faso as Minister of Security from 2000 to 2007 and as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation from 2007 to 2008.
National Telegraph has gathered that Bassolé is currently at the University Hospital of Tengandogo, in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. It is not yet known what the high-ranking officer of the Burkinabè Army is suffering from.
At the end of June 2019, Djibril Bassole had already been admitted to the same hospital for mild stomach aches. Implicated in the coup attempt from 16 to 17 September 2015 against the transitional authorities who took power after the insurrection which brought down the Blaise Compaoré regime on October 31, 2014, General Bassolé was arrested a few months later.
Detained at the Ouagadougou correctional prison, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison on September 2, 2019. However, his state of health remains worrying. But he has since then denied any wrongdoing.
A source close to the general’s family told National Telegraph that the State of Burkina Faso refuses to have him evacuated for appropriate care because it fears that he will escape from prison.
According to the source, Djibril Bassole had already benefited from a medical evacuation for Tunisia in March 2019 before returning to continue his treatment in Burkina Faso two months later.