Niger: Deposed President Bazoum Set To File Legal Case Against Coup Plotters

Lawyers representing the former president of Niger are initiating a legal action within the West African nation against those responsible for the coup that removed the legitimately elected leader from power.

They have also stated their intention to seek assistance from the UN Human Rights Council. The filed complaint, which includes General Abdourahamane Tiani and additional individuals, was made public through AFP on Monday.

It constitutes a civil action and alleges “attack and conspiracy against state authority, crimes and offenses committed by civil servants and arbitrary arrests and confinements.”

Expectedly, the legal case will be formally submitted to a court in Niamey, the capital of Niger, in the coming days, as stated by Dominique Inchauspe, one of the lawyers, to AFP.

Furthermore, the legal team is concurrently making appeals to two segments of the UN Human Rights Council, including its working group dedicated to addressing arbitrary detentions.

Inchauspe characterized the coup as a violation of the dignity of the Nigerien state and emphasized the imperative need to reinstate the rule of law.

Previously, on September 18, Mohamed Bazoum lodged a lawsuit with the court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), as confirmed by his Senegalese lawyer, Seydou Diagne.

Since the coup, Bazoum has remained under house arrest, and on August 13, the coup leaders announced their intention to charge him with “high treason.”


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