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Appeal court upholds judge's decision to drop all charges in Zongo case

(RSF/IFEX) - On 16 August 2006, the Ouagadougou Court of Appeal upheld an investigating judge's decision to dismiss all charges against Marcel Kafondo and "X" (meaning "other undetermined persons") in the 1998 murder of journalist Norbert Zongo. A judicial source told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that the appeal court refused to consider the Zongo family's appeal against the ruling, claiming that the "investigating judge did his job well."

The judge's decision, issued on 19 July, had been criticised by many human rights groups, civil society organisations and opposition parties. Reporters Without Borders will continue to campaign for justice to be done.

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