The counsel to the ousted President of Niger Republic, Seydou Diagne, on Wednesday, disclosed that his client has appealed to the Economic Community of West African States’s court to secure his release.
Premium Politics had reported that the military Junta on July 26, overthrew Mohamed Bazoum, keeping him and his family in custody.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Bazoum’s lawyer on Wednesday noted that he filed a lawsuit with a court of ECOWAS on September 18.
He said, “The lawsuit invokes his “arbitrary arrest” and “violation of freedom of movement.
“We request in view of the violation of political rights, that the State of Niger be ordered to immediately restore constitutional order by handing over power to President Bazoum, who must continue to exercise it until the end of his mandate.”
Following the military coup, ECOWAS had slammed sanctions on Nigér and thereafter warned that it could intervene militarily if diplomatic efforts to return Bazoum to power fail.
If the court rules in favour of Bazoum, “Niger has the legal obligation to execute the decision”, Diagne said.
Niger’s coup leaders have declared their intention to “prosecute” the democratically elected Bazoum for “high treason and undermining internal and external security”.
On Wednesday the European Union reiterated its support for ECOWAS’s position and made a fresh call “for the immediate and unconditional release” of Bazoum and his family.
EU foreign affairs spokeswoman Nabila Massrali said, “The EU position is clear and unchanged: the EU does not recognize authorities emanating from the putsch. President Bazoum remains the sole legitimate president of Niger.”