French justice on Wednesday authorized the extradition of François Compaoré to Burkina Faso, where the brother of former deposed president Blaise Compaoré is implicated in the investigation into the murder of journalist Norbert Zongo in 1998.
The Paris Court of Appeal gave the green light to this extradition, which the public prosecutor’s office had declared favorable.
Mr. Compaoré’s defense indicated that it was going to file an appeal on points of law. To be effective, extradition must also be the subject of a government decree.
Aged 64, Francois Compaore was arrested at the Paris Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle airport in October 2017 on the basis of an arrest warrant issued on May 5, 2017 by the authorities of Ouagadougou.
Francois Compaore set on Wednesday on his extradition to Burkina
To date, he is not charged in his country in this case. While investigating at the time the death of David Ouédraogo, François Compaoré’s driver, Norbert Zongo and three people who accompanied him were found burned dead in their vehicle on December 13, 1998 in Sapouy (southern Burkina Faso) .
Immediately, the lawyer of Blaise Compaore’s brother, Pierre-Olivier Sur, insisted that the Appeals Chamber of the Court of Appeal, in his judgment, gave him hope of seeing the end another procedure he has initiated.
In this case, it is a complaint in Paris for “false and use of false criminal” targeting the senior judge of instruction Ouagadougou. The latter had sent elements to the French justice for it to rule on the extradition request, including an old eyewitness account to try to demonstrate the involvement of Mr. Compaore in the assassinations.
“The court is perfectly in a position to realize that the quotation made by the examining magistrate of Burkina Faso in his note is not correct,” stated Mr. Sur, reading the judgment of the court of appeal.
“By these words, the investigating chamber considers that the material elements of the forgery are constituted, that is, there is no other way out of this file than to go through the indictment of the judge of Burkina Faso for criminal acts, possibly for a hearing of assizes.It is only after this procedure that the issue of extradition and its execution will occur, that is to say, not before 2020 or 2021 “, he anticipated.