11 O’CLOCK NEWS UPDATE 31-07-21

FRANCE/EXTRADITION

The Burkinabe Government has welcomed the decision by France to extradite brother of Burkina Faso’s Former Longtime President, Francois Compaore, to his home.

Compaore is wanted in his country in connection with the murder of prominent investigative journalist, Norbert Zongo more than 20 years ago.

The council of state, France’s highest court for cases involving public administration, rejected an appeal by Compaore’s lawyers against a previous ruling for his extradition, saying there were no constitutional or other grounds to overturn the decision.

Reacting to the court ruling, Burkina Faso hailed the ruling as a victory while the communications minister and government spokesman, Ousseni Tamboura noted that people of the country were convinced of the validity of their demand.

US/TEXAS GOV.

The United States justice department has sued Texas and its governor, Greg Abbott, seeking to block an order targeting undocumented immigrants that state claimed was a  public health measure to contain surging covid-19 infections.

A U.S Health Care Company, Abbott earlier signed an order stating no person, other than a federal, state, or local law-enforcement official, shall provide ground transportation to migrants detained by federal immigration officials for undocumented border-crossings.

Also, it directed the state’s department of public safety to stop any vehicle upon reasonable suspicion of a violation, ordering that such vehicle should be directed back to its point of origin or a port of entry.

Abbott’s order stated that the new policy is warranted because of president Joe Biden’s refusal to enforce laws passed by the U.S congress while the measure is aimed at protecting Texans from exposure to covid-19, though did not explain how the measure would prevent spread of covid-19 in Texas.

HAITI/KILLING

Haitian Police has outlined fresh accusations against a former Supreme Court Judge, Wendelle Coq-Thelot over her links to the assassination of president Jovenel Moise earlier this month.

The assassination of Moise has plunged the western hemisphere’s poorest nation deeper into chaos, and launched an international manhunt for mercenaries and the murder masterminds across the Americas.

Haitian police had earlier this week issued an arrest warrant for wendelle coq-thelot, who was ousted with two other judges in February this year when moise alleged a coup was being planned against him. 

The police alledged that Coq-thelot had met with some Colombian mercenaries, who were accused of killing the president but the former judge is yet to comment as her whereabouts remain unknown.

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