While the release was approved by the country's biosafety agency, critics have raised concerns about the risks involved and
questioned the validity of the project saying it is
not expected to deliver any benefits for malaria control.
Malaria says the release itself is not intended to reduce the incidence of
malaria but says it will enable them to collect important data to inform their
The Research Institute says the mosquito release conforms to
all ethical and regulatory requirements and that it was approved by
the community during consultations.
Malaria killed more than 4,000 people
in Burkina Faso last year and affected more than 12,000.
Brother of ex-Burkinabe leader loses extradition appeal
Francois Compaoré is wanted for questioning over a journalist's murder
The brother of Burkina Faso’s
ex-President Blaise Compaoré could be sent home from France to
face questions over the murder of a prominent journalist, after a court in
Paris approved his extradition on Tuesday.
Francois Compaoré was arrested in Paris in 2017, three years after his
brother was forced from office.
He is wanted in connection with the
killing of Norbert Zongo, whose body was found in a burned-out vehicle 21 years
of the journalist,
who had been investigating the death of Francois Compaoré’s chauffeur at the time, prompted big protests in Burkina Faso.
A judge dismissed charges in 2006 against the only
The case was reopened in 2014 and an international arrest warrant issued for Francois Compaoré.
His lawyer said that if the French government gave the go-ahead for his extradition, he would appeal the court decision at France's State Council.
The Zongo family has not yet reacted to this latest development.
Blaise Compaoré’s 27-year rule ended in October 2014 after a wave of popular protests.