Niger’s coup leaders say they will prosecute deposed President Mohamed Bazou

Niger’s military junta plans to prosecute deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for “high treason” and undermining state security.

Statement from the coup leaders: The announcement made by spokesman Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane, stated that the military regime had gathered the necessary evidence to prosecute President Bazoum and his local and foreign accomplices.
* Bazoum, Niger’s democratically elected president, was ousted by his presidential guard on July 26 and has been under house arrest with his wife and son in Niamey, the capital.

Situation for detainees: People close to the president and those in his ruling party say they’re running out of food as their electricity and water have been cut off.
* The junta denied these claims and accused West African politicians and international partners of fueling a disinformation campaign against them.

International pressure for restoration: International pressure, particularly from the West African regional bloc ECOWAS, is mounting on the junta to release and reinstate Bazoum.
* Immediately after the coup, ECOWAS issued a seven-day ultimatum for Bazoum’s restoration or else threatened military force but no action has been taken by either side.
* ECOWAS subsequently ordered the deployment of a “standby” force, the timing and intentions of which remain unclear.

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