By Michel Biem Tong, Ouagadougou – Burkina Faso, Sunday, December 15, 2019.
The civil society in the West African country of Burkina Faso said last week it’s demanding justice in the 1998 murder of Investigative Journalist, Norbert Zongo.
Norbert was killed in the locality of Sapouy, West of the country. The vehicle in which Norbert Zongo, his brother and two of his friends was attacked by armed men. The four (4) occupants of the vehicle died charred, sources say.
Exiled in France, François Compaore, the younger brother of former president Blaise Compaoré is suspected as the sponsor of this crime. He was Economic Adviser to the President of Burkina Faso, Blaise Compaoré, from 1989 to 2014.
Norbert Zongo was investigating the assassination of Francois Compaoré’s servant by the presidential security. In a statement issued, Friday, December 13, 2019, a copy of which National Telegraph has obtained, 10 Burkinabe Civil Society organizations demand the extradition of François Compaoré to Burkina Faso to stand trial.
The NGOs have called on the French authorities to break their inaction and extradite François Compaoré in accordance with the decision taken by the Paris Court of Appeal in December 2018 and confirmed by the Paris Court of Cassation in June 2019.
François Compaore has been in exile in France since the resignation of his brother from power following a popular uprising that took place at the end of October 2014.
Norbert Zongo, also known under the pen name of Henri Segbo or H.S., was a Burkinabé investigative journalist who managed the newspaper L’Indépendant in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. L’Indépendant exposed extortion and impunity within the government of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaoré.