Niger Junta To Charge The Overthrown President Mohamed Bazoum With Treason

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The military junta that took power in Niger in a coup last month has announced it will charge former President Mohamed Bazoum with high treason because of his interactions with foreign heads of state and international organizations.

Colonel Amadou Abdramane, a Junta spokesperson, said in a statement read on state TV late Sunday that the military authorities had “gathered the necessary evidence to prosecute the ousted president…for high treason and undermining Niger’s internal and external security.”

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The coup leaders imprisoned Bazoum and dissolved the elected government, provoking outrage from world powers and West Africa’s regional grouping ECOWAS, which resolved last week to build a standby military force capable of intervening to restore Bazoum.

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