Niger Coup: Bazoum To File Legal Case Against Military Junta

Niger Coup: Bazoum To File Legal Case Against Military Junta

Niger Republic’s ousted President, Mohamed Bazoum, is set to file a legal case against the military junta in the West African country.

The lawyers for Bazoum, who was overthrown on July 26 and has since been detained, said in a statement on Monday that they were appealing to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).

One of Bazoum’s lawyers, Dominique Inchauspe, told AFP that the suit is expected to be lodged in the next few days with a court in the capital Niamey.

The lawyer stated that the suit is aimed at the leader of the junta, General Abdourahamane Tiani and “all others”.

He said the suit constitutes a civil action and alleges “attack and conspiracy against state authority, crimes and offences committed by civil servants and arbitrary arrests and confinements”.

The lawyer also said they were appealing to two bodies of the UN Human Rights Council including its working group on arbitrary detention.

Inchauspe said the coup was “an infringement on the dignity of the Nigerien state” and reaffirmed the “absolute necessity” to restore the rule of law.

Bazoum filed a lawsuit with a court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) on September 18, his Senegalese lawyer, Seydou Diagne, has said.

The ousted Niger president has been held in his residence since the coup. On August 13, the coup leaders said they would pursue Bazoum for “high treason”.

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