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Niger coup leaders say they'll prosecute President Bazoum for "high treason"

Prosecution of President Bazoum

The military junta in Niger has announced its intention to prosecute the deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for "high treason" and undermining state security.

Evidence Gathering

The military regime claims to have gathered necessary evidence to prosecute both the ousted president and his local and foreign accomplices for high treason and security breaches.

Potential Death Penalty: If found guilty, Bazoum could face the death penalty, as stipulated by Niger's penal code.

House Arrest and Conditions: Following the coup, Bazoum and his family have been placed under house arrest, with reports suggesting their electricity and water have been cut off, and they're running out of food.

Medical Assessment: Despite concerns about their health, the military stated that a doctor's visit did not raise any issues regarding the health of the deposed president and his family.

Prime Minister's Statement: Prime Minister Ali Mahaman Lamine Zeine mentioned that Niger believes it can overcome the imposed sanctions and resist international pressure.

ECOWAS Ultimatum: ECOWAS issued a seven-day ultimatum to restore Bazoum or face potential forceful intervention, but the junta did not comply by the deadline.

Junta's Consolidation of Power: The junta has solidified its power by appointing a new government and capitalizing on anti-French sentiments to gain support among the population.

African Union Involvement: The African Union Peace and Security Council is discussing the Niger crisis and might intervene if the situation threatens peace and security across the continent.