Ex-Burkina leader’s brother faces extradition


A court in France has agreed to the extradition of François Compaoré, brother of Burkina Faso’s ousted leader Blaise Compaoré.

François Compaoré fled Burkina Faso in 2014 after his brother resigned amid popular street protests following 27 years in power.

He was arrested in France in October last year in connection with the murder in Burkina Faso in 1998 of investigative journalist Norbert Zongo.

Mr Zongo was looking into the killing of the driver of François Compaoré and had warned his readers that he may end up being killed after he received a series of death threats.

Known as the “little president” during his brother’s rule, François Compaoré, whose lawyers are likely to challenge the French extradition decision, has denied involvement in the journalist’s death.


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