Burkina Faso student death: 3 cops jailed

2011-08-23 21:18

Ouagadougou - A Burkina Faso judge has sentenced three policemen to prison over a student's death that sparked months of protests that left at least six dead.

Two policemen were sentenced to 10 years in prison on Tuesday and the other to eight years over the February death of Justin Zongo.

Zongo's family said they agreed with the verdict.

Uprisings began in the impoverished West African nation in late February when students protested over accusations that Zongo was mistreated while in custody. The government said he had meningitis.

The unrest spread across Burkina Faso. Soldiers started a mutiny that threatened President Blaise Compaore's 24-year rule.

Compaore tried to stem the unrest by dissolving the government and removing the country's security chiefs.