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Niger high court revokes deposed Niger President Mohamed Bazoum’s immunity from prosecution

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The State Court docket of Niger has lifted the legal immunity of deposed President Mohamed Bazoum over accusations of excessive treason, Bozum’s lawyer confirmed on Friday. The ex-president’s lawyer, Reed Brody, described the choice as a “travesty of justice” and stated, “We haven’t even been in a position to meet our shopper.”

By advantage of the ruling, Bazoum can now be tried by a navy courtroom. The navy junta hopes to prosecute him for “excessive treason” and undermining nationwide safety.

The junta authorities commenced proceedings within the State Court docket to carry Bazoum’s presidential immunity in April. The State Court docket is a product of the junta’s personal creation, having changed the Court docket of Cassation and the Council of State as the very best courtroom in Niger. Nevertheless, based on Human Rights Watch, the continuing has been flawed from the beginning and, at each flip, failed to fulfill primary due course of requirements:

The proceedings earlier than the State Court docket have been marred by severe irregularities, together with violations of Bazoum’s proper to current proof in his protection, to speak together with his authorized counsel, and to be heard earlier than an unbiased courtroom. By bringing the case earlier than the nation’s highest courtroom, in addition they denied Bazoum his proper to enchantment the ruling.

One other of Bazoum’s legal professionals, Moussa Coulibaly, revealed to Human Rights Watch that they’ve had no communications with their shopper since October and battle to entry case materials.

Bazoum and his household have been detained since his administration was overthrown in a navy coup final July. In December, the Group Court docket of Justice of the Financial Group of West African States ruled that his detention was arbitrary and that Bazoum ought to be launched throughout the month. The ruling fell on deaf ears, and comparable calls from the worldwide group have gone unheard.

Alioune Tine, founding father of the African suppose tank Afrikajom Center, said:

The navy junta has completely nothing to achieve by attempting President Bazoum, as a result of he refused to resign. There isn’t a political achieve from it, as a result of it isn’t a good trial however a political trial. We should free Bazoum and arrange a return to constitutional equality, reconciling Nigeriens to face the nation’s safety challenges collectively. Niger should additionally take into consideration unity and African integration as the sport of affect of the good world powers is exploding.

Source / Picture: jurist.org

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