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Ex-Burkinabe leader’s brother loses extradition appeal

The brother of Burkina Faso’s ex-President Blaise Compaoré could be sent home from France to face questions over the murder of a prominent journalist, after a court in Paris approved his extradition on Tuesday.

Francois Compaoré was arrested in Paris in 2017, three years after his brother was forced from office.

He is wanted in connection with the killing of Norbert Zongo, whose body was found in a burned-out vehicle 21 years ago.

The murder of the journalist, who had been investigating the death of Francois Compaoré’s chauffeur at the time, prompted big protests in Burkina Faso.

A judge dismissed charges in 2006 against the only suspect.

The case was reopened in 2014 and an international arrest warrant issued for Francois Compaoré.

His lawyer said that if the French government gave the go-ahead for his extradition, he would appeal the court decision at France’s State Council.

The Zongo family has not yet reacted to this latest development.

Blaise Compaoré’s 27-year rule ended in October 2014 after a wave of popular protests.

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