French Court Approves Extradition of Francois Compaore, AFP Says

(Bloomberg) -- A court in Paris Wednesday ruled the younger brother of former Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore could be extradited under an international arrest warrant related to his alleged involvement in the 1998 murder of journalist Norbert Zongo, Agence France-Presse reported, citing the judgment.

Francois Compaore was detained by French police in 2017 and barred from leaving the country while the Paris Court of Appeal examined an extradition request by Burkina Faso’s government.

The death of Zongo, who had been investigating the murder of a driver who worked for Francois Compaore, became a symbol of repression during Blaise Compaore’s 27-year rule that ended in 2014 following a popular uprising.

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