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Famous Mali singer’s battle to stay out of jail

Famous Mali singer’s battle to stay out of jail

MALIAN singer Rokia Traore, arrested in Italy over three weeks ago due to an international child custody dispute, has appealed to EU judges to block an extradition request from Belgium, her lawyer informed Reuter. Reuters reports that Traore, 50, a renowned African vocalist and UNHCR goodwill ambassador, was apprehended on June 20 at Rome's Fiumicino airport under a European arrest warrant. She had received a two-year prison sentence in Belgium last October related to a child custody case. Since her arrest, Traore has been incarcerated in Civitavecchia, near Rome. She had travelled to Italy for a concert near the Colosseum.…
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Turkish writer, son accused of fleeing after crash arrested in US

Turkish writer, son accused of fleeing after crash arrested in US

U.S. authorities arrested a Turkish author and her 16-year-old son wanted by Turkey on charges he was involved in a fatal car crash in Istanbul and then fled the country with the help of his mother. Turkish novelist and poet Eylem Tok and her son, Timur Cihantimur, were arrested under an extradition request from Turkey as they were about to tour an expensive private school in Boston, according to court papers. Their arrests were announced on the social media platform X by Turkish Justice Minister Yilmaz Tunc, who said they were "captured in the United States in line with our…
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UAE dismisses S.African request to extradite Gupta brothers

UAE dismisses S.African request to extradite Gupta brothers

A United Arab Emirates court has dismissed South Africa's request to extradite Atul and Rajesh Gupta, brothers who face charges of political corruption, but the Gulf state said that the extradition request could be resubmitted. The Guptas are accused of using their connections with Jacob Zuma, president of South Africa from 2009 to 2018, to win contracts, influence cabinet appointments and siphon off state funds. Zuma and the Guptas have denied all wrongdoing. The UAE said the extradition request did not meet the "strict standards for legal documentation" contained in an extradition treaty ratified with South Africa in April 2021,…
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