Malian Government Shows Support For Arrested Singer Rokia Traoré | Songlines
Monday, March 16, 2020

Malian Government Signals Support For Arrested Singer

By Spencer Grady

Embattled singer, Rokia Traoré, faces extradition hearing this Wednesday

Rokia Traoré ©Danny Willems Free1

Rokia Traoré (photo by Danny Willems)

Malian singer Rokia Traoré remains on hunger strike following her arrest in Paris on Tuesday March 10. She is being detained over a child custody dispute, with France acting on an arrest warrant from Belgium which seeks her extradition on grounds of kidnapping and hostage-taking. A Belgian court has ordered Traoré to hand over her five-year-old daughter to her estranged former partner, a Belgian national.   

The Malian government has responded to the arrest with a firm statement in support of the vocalist, while a public demonstration is due to be held in front of the Belgian embassy in the Malian capital, Bamako, this Wednesday, the day when a French court is due to examine the extradition request to Belgium.  

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