Niger coup leaders say they’ll prosecute President Bazoum for “high treason”

West African leaders navigating Niger coup

West African leaders aiming for non violent solution in Niger as junta installs fresh govt


Niger’s coup leaders mentioned Monday they’re going to prosecute deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for “high treason” and undermining circumstance safety.

The announcement was once made on circumstance tv via Colonel-Primary Amadou Abdramane simply hours upcoming the army junta that ousted the president mentioned they had been perceivable to resolving the mounting regional extremity diplomatically.

Abdramane mentioned the army regime had “gathered the necessary evidence to prosecute before competent national and international authorities the ousted president and his local and foreign accomplices for high treason and for undermining the internal and external security of Niger.”

If discovered accountable, Bazoum may just face the dying penalty, consistent with Niger’s penal code.

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Niger President Mohamed Bazoum in February 2023.

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Niger’s democratically elected president was once ousted via individuals of his presidential shield on July 26 and has since been below space arrest together with his spouse and son. Family near to the president in addition to the ones in his ruling celebration say the folk’s electrical energy and aqua were shorten off and so they’re working out of meals.

A member of his entourage mentioned he noticed his physician on Saturday.

“After this visit, the doctor raised no problems regarding the state of health of the deposed president and members of his family,” the army mentioned.

Global power is mounting at the army junta to reinstate Bazoum. The West African regional bloc ECOWAS has imposed sanctions on Niger and threatened army intervention if civilian rule isn’t restored.

However fresh High Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine mentioned in an interview absolved Monday that Niger will have the ability to thwart the sanctions, consistent with Agence France-Presse. 

On July 30, it issued a seven-day threat to revive Bazoum or face the prospective virtue of pressure, however the time limit expired with out the fresh rulers backing i’m sick.

Within the weeks for the reason that coup, the junta has entrenched itself in energy, appointing a fresh govt and leveraging anti-French sentiment towards its former colonial ruler to shore up assistance a number of the people.

The African Union Holiday and Safety Council was once assembly Monday to speak about Niger’s extremity and may just overrule the verdict if it felt wider relief and safety at the continent was once threatened via an intervention.  

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