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France approves extradition of ex-Burkinabe leader’s brother

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France has granted permission to extradite François Compaoré - the brother of a former president of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré - who is wanted at home over the murder of a journalist in 1998.

François Compaoré is accused of involvement in the 1998 killing of Norbert Zongo who was investigating the death of Mr Compaoré’s driver and the charred remains of three other people.

Mr Zongo’s murder sparked mass protests in Burkina Faso.

Mr Compaoré’s French lawyers had argued against his extradition because he could face the death penalty if convicted back home, a sentence that does not exist in France.

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