Franco-Malian singer Rokia Traoré released under judicial supervision

The Franco-Malian singer Rokia Traoré was released on Wednesday March 25 in France. Incarcerated since March 10 in Fleury-Mérogis prison, she had started a hunger strike to denounce the violation of her mother’s rights and the bias of Belgian justice. A dispute over the custody of her daughter with her father is behind this case.

The Paris Court of Appeal approved the surrender of Rokia Traore to Belgian justice. But it decided to place it under judicial supervision, in accordance with the requisitions of the Advocate General. ” Given the situation, we cannot organize the delivery of Ms. Traoré to the Belgian authorities Explained the latter at the hearing, referring to the Covid-19 epidemic.

The singer’s lawyer, Kenneth Feliho said that the case was continuing: ” We will obviously go to the Court of Cassation and to the European Court of Human Rights if necessary To contest this surrender to Belgian justice.

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Rokia Traoré appeared by videoconference before the Paris Court of Appeal given the current health crisis. Sitting in a large prison room and wearing a gray sweater, she said she was on a hunger strike.

Contested incarceration

Rokia Traoré was imprisoned in France in Fleury-Mérogis prison and her imprisonment had raised many reactions on social networks in particular, including Claudy Siar’s from RFI who asked for his release.

On March 10, the day of her arrest, the singer arrived by plane from Bamako to go to Belgium. She was to go to Brussels to attend a hearing before the Court of Appeal following a decision by the Brussels Court of First Instance to give sole custody of their daughter to her father.

She was finally arrested during her stopover in Paris. The international arrest warrant against Rokia Traoré was issued in late 2019 by Belgian justice for “ kidnapping, forcible confinement and hostage taking

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