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Ex-Burkina Faso President’s Brother Faces Extradition from France

A Paris court of appeal on Wednesday affirmed a removal ask for by Burkina Faso’s administration for the sibling of ex-Burkinabe president Blaise Compaore, a court representative said on Wednesday.

Police kept Francois Compaore at Charles de Gaulle air terminal in Paris in October on a worldwide capture warrant identified with the 1998 homicide of Norbert Zongo, who distributed Burkina Faso’s Independent paper.

The killing 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, which ended in 2014 at the hands of a popular uprising.

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Compaore’s lawyer Pierre-Olivier Sur has said the charges against his client are politically motivated by a Burkinabe government unable to try Blaise Compaore, whom the government of neighbouring Ivory Coast refuses to extradite.

Blaise Compaore fled to Ivory Coast during the uprising. He faces an international arrest warrant in connection with the 1987 murder of former president Thomas Sankara.

Activists are pushing President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to aggressively pursue cases of past human rights abuses. Critics say his government has been too slow to move against former government members, some of whom serve in the current administration.

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