postponement of a hearing threatening the immunity of ousted president Mohamed Bazoum

postponement of a hearing threatening the immunity of ousted president Mohamed Bazoum
postponement of a hearing threatening the immunity of ousted president Mohamed Bazoum

The state court of Niger announced that it had postponed until June 7 the decision it was due to make on Friday concerning the lifting of the immunity of President Mohamed Bazoum, overthrown in July 2023 by the military, following a request for his lawyers.

Concerning the “lifting of the immunity of the former President of the Republic Mohamed Bazoum”, the “Court postpones (editor’s note) the deliberations” to “June 7 for the resumption of the debates”, declared magistrate Abdou Dan Galadima , president of the State Court, the highest court in Niger created in November 2023 by the military regime.

At the end of April, the ex-president’s lawyers asked the court to postpone the hearing concerning the lifting of his immunity, on the grounds that their client had not been “validly notified” of the ongoing proceedings and was not was unable to “communicate freely” with them.

In mid-August, Mohamed Bazoum was accused by the ruling military authorities of “high treason” and “endangering the security” of the country.

The postponement of the case to June 7 will allow “a contradictory debate at the trial”, so that “the right to defense can be fully ensured”, declared to the press Me Kadri Oumarou Sanda, the president of the bar association. of Niger.

The international collective of Mr. Bazoum’s lawyers “takes note of the decision of the state court to follow up on his request”, he wrote in a press release.

These lawyers are once again asking to “immediately put an end to the illegal confinement of President Bazoum and his wife Hadiza Bazoum, detained since the coup of July 26, 2023” in the presidential residence, in Spartan conditions. Their son, Salem Bazoum, was released in January.

They also want to “meet their client without any restrictions” and have “access to the entire file”.

In February, Mr. Bazoum’s lawyers asked the Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to demand the release of their client, which it had ordered in December .

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