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Singer Rokia Traoré launched underneath judicial supervision earlier than her return to Belgium

Within the case in regards to the custody of her daughter, the singer Rokia Traoré obtained, on Wednesday, a launch underneath the management of French justice, pending her give up to Belgium.

The Paris Courtroom of Enchantment ordered, Wednesday, March 25, the discharge underneath judicial management of the French-Malian singer Rokia Traoré, imprisoned in France underneath a European arrest warrant, linked to a dispute over the custody of her daughter.

The court docket authorized the give up of Rokia Traore to Belgian justice. However she determined to put her by then underneath judicial supervision, in accordance with the requisitions of the Advocate Basic.

"Given the state of affairs, we can not manage the give up of Ms. Traoré to the Belgian authorities," mentioned the latter in the course of the listening to, referring to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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"We’ll clearly go to the Courtroom of Cassation and to the European Courtroom of Human Rights if obligatory" to contest this give up, reacted to AFP his lawyer, Me Kenneth Feliho. "The struggle with Belgian justice will proceed," he added.

The well-known singer was arrested on March 10 at Paris Roissy airport when she received off a aircraft from Bamako, earlier than being imprisoned.

She was the topic of a European arrest warrant issued by an investigating choose in Brussels, for "kidnapping, forcible confinement and hostage taking", which stems from the failure to adjust to a judgment rendered on the finish of 2019 requiring Ms. Traoré to give up of her 5-year-old daughter to her Belgian father, from whom Rokia Traoré is separated.

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The singer contested from the beginning the choice of the Belgian justice to entrust the only real custody of the kid to her father, based on Me Feliho. She appealed the trial judgment.

Given the sanitary measures noticed to fight the Covid-19, Rokia Traoré appeared on videoconference on Wednesday earlier than the Paris Courtroom of Enchantment. Sitting in a big jail room and carrying a grey sweater, she mentioned she was on a starvation strike.

"Although I stay in Mali, I’ve all the time responded to Belgian justice," she mentioned, explaining having come to Europe "amongst others" to go to a listening to which was to be held within the a part of his attraction.

"Ms. Traoré by no means wished to evade Belgian justice, however it’s unimaginable in her thoughts handy over her daughter," pleaded Me Feliho.

Rokia Traoré, singer and guitarist, can also be recognized for her dedication to refugees and for having been appointed in 2016 as a goodwill ambassador by the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

With AFP


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