Ivory Coast examines French extradition request

1st March 2006, Comments 0 comments

ABIDJAN, March 1, 2006 (AFP) - Judicial authorities in the Ivory Coast are expected to meet Thursday to examine a French request to extradite Youssouf Fofana, wanted for the grisly murder near Paris of a young Jewish man, officials said.

ABIDJAN, March 1, 2006 (AFP) - Judicial authorities in the Ivory Coast are expected to meet Thursday to examine a French request to extradite Youssouf Fofana, wanted for the grisly murder near Paris of a young Jewish man, officials said.

Justice ministry spokesman Ali Yeo said defence lawyers and prosecutors would be present at the hearing.

Paris last week issued an international arrest warrant and extradition request for Fofana, who is believed to have fled France shortly after Jewish cellphone vendor Ilan Halimi was found dying on the outskirts of Paris on February 13.

Fofana, 25, originally from Ivory Coast but with French nationality, was arrested in Abidjan several days after Halimi was found and has reportedly confessed to kidnapping but not murder.

Halimi, 23, was discovered naked, bound and gagged in the southern Paris suburb of Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois, where he had managed to crawl after being dumped nearby.

After being lured into a sex trap, he had been held for three weeks by a gang who sent ransom demands to his family, police said.

A total of 13 people have been placed under judicial investigation, including the young woman believed to have acted as the bait.

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