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France urged to extradite ex-President's brother

Publish date: 13 November 2017
Issue Number: 751
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Criminal

Burkina Faso's President Roch Kaboré has called for France to extradite the brother of his ousted predecessor, despite the fact that the death penalty still exists in his country. A report on the allAfrica site notes that François Compaoré was detained late last month in Paris under an arrest warrant filed by Burkina Faso relating to the killing of journalist Norbert Zongo and three companions. 'I already consider it a major victory that the arrest warrant has been executed on French territory,' said Kaboré in a media interview. However, the report notes that a French court may refuse the extradition request because Burkina Faso has the death penalty. 'Even if it's legal, the death penalty is not applied in Burkina Faso,' Kaboré noted, according to the report.

Full report on the allAfrica site