Exhumation of the remains of Burkina Faso’s former President Thomas Sankara is underway
Mr Compaore has always denied being involved in the ex-leader’s killing, insisting that the “facts are known” and he has “nothing to hide”.
While he was in office, a Burkina Faso court blocked a request by Mr Sankara’s family for his remains to be exhumed.
But the new interim government said Mr Sankara’s family would be given the means to help identify the corpse, according to the AFP news agency.
The exhumation of what are believed to be the remains of Burkina Faso’s former President Thomas Sankara has begun.
Once exhumed they can be formally identified – a long-standing demand of Mr Sankara’s family and supporters.
Seen as Africa’s Che Guevara, the anti-imperialist revolutionary was hastily buried with 12 others in a 1987 coup.
Permission for an exhumation was denied during the rule of his successor, Blaise Compaore, who left office last October amid street protests.