(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 27, 2004 President Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso, listens during a press conference at the end of the Sommet de la Francophonie in Ouagadougou.
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The exiled former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaore, is to be tried for the murder of the man he ousted in a 1987 coup, Thomas Sankara, lawyers told AFP on Tuesday.
The case was sent to the military tribunal in the capital Ouagadougou after the charges against Compaore and the other main alleged perpetrators were confirmed, 34 years after the death of the cult figure, often called the African Che Guevara.
Compaore and 13 others were being charged with harming state security, complicity in murder and complicity in the concealment of corpses, lawyer Guy Herve Kam told AFP.
“The time for justice has finally come. A trial can begin. It will be up to the military prosecutor to determine a date for the hearing,” he…