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Ivory Coast 'backed Burkina coup'
President Blaise Compaore
The plotters are accused of trying to overthrow President Compaore
The alleged mastermind of a Burkina Faso coup plot has admitted to receiving money from Ivory Coast.

Captain Luther Ouali told a military that a close aide of Ivory Coast's President Laurent Gbagbo had given him 50m CFA francs ($93,000).

He admitted plotting to seize power but said the money was to help him set up a transport business.

But Colonel Raphael Logbo has dismissed the allegations that he helped the coup plotters as "patent lies".

Ivory Coast denies any involvement in the alleged coup and has accused Burkina Faso of backing Ivorian rebels.

Burkina Faso says it has no links with the rebels who control northern Ivory Coast and accuse the Ivory Coast security forces and Mr Gbagbo's supporters of mistreating its many citizens living there.

'Occult sacrifices'

Colonel Logbo said he had undergone military training with Captain Ouali but had not seen since 1984.

Thirteen people - two civilians and 11 soldiers - are on trial, accused of plotting to stage a coup against President Blaise Compaore.

The prosecution says the money paid to Captain Ouali was used to recruit other alleged plotters and pay for "occult sacrifices to bring about the success of the coup," reports the AFP news agency.

President Blaise Compaore came to power in 1987, in the most recent of the five coups staged in Burkina Faso.

Mr Compaore has since won multi-party elections in 1991 and 1998.

The trial began on Tuesday and is expected to continue throughout the week.

The other alleged plotters included low-ranking members of the presidential guard, Pastor Pare Israel Pascal and the leader of Social Forces Front (FFS), Norbert Tiendrebeogo, Radio Burkina reported.

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