after the lifting of his immunity, deposed president Mohamed Bazoum threatened with trial – Libération

after the lifting of his immunity, deposed president Mohamed Bazoum threatened with trial – Libération
after the lifting of his immunity, deposed president Mohamed Bazoum threatened with trial – Libération

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Nigerien justice on Friday June 14 lifted the immunity of the head of state, overthrown at the end of July by a military coup and in prison since, but who has always refused to resign. A decision which opens the way to legal proceedings.

Will his courage prove fatal to him? Having always refused to resign despite the military coup which overthrew him on July 26, the elected president of Niger, Mohamed Bazoum, has just had his immunity lifted by the State Court, a jurisdiction created from scratch by the putschists, and by simple decree, in October. A worrying decision which opens the way to a trial for “treason, attack on the authority of the State, and apology for terrorism”, according to the charges brought by the junta against this 64-year-old man, imprisoned with his wife Hadiza, in drastic conditions for ten months.

“We are completely delirious. The court has just made a decision with extremely serious consequences, while violating the absolute rights of the defense. reacted from Niamey Me Moussa Coulibaly, one of the president’s lawyers, former president of Niger. Which adds: “We were not allowed to meet our client and the court refused to hear our arguments.”

Total isolation

The procedure was in fact punctuated with flagrant irregularities, as had already been

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