Free Tandja, Niger junta told

2010-11-08 22:22

Abuja - The court of justice of the West African regional body Ecowas ordered Niger's military rulers on Monday to release Mamadou Tandja, the former president who was ousted by the soldiers in a coup earlier this year.

"Apparently (Tandja's) human rights have been violated. This court hereby rules that he should be released," Ecowas Justice Awa Nana Daboya said at a hearing in Abuja, Nigeria.

The court gave no further details. A Niger junta spokesperson in the capital said he could not comment because authorities had yet to be formally notified of the ruling.

Tandja has been held under house arrest since he was toppled in February by soldiers who have since promised to hold elections and return power to civilians in the uranium-exporting nation by April 2011.

"This is satisfying, deeply satisfying for us," Souley Oumarou, the Tandja family's lawyer, told Reuters by telephone on Monday.

"The soldiers have no choice but to abide by the court's decision, which cannot be appealed."

Constitution

News of the court's decision emerged a week after voters in Niger endorsed a new constitution that is tailored to pave the return to civilian rule.

However, General Salou Djibo's junta is also grappling with internal divisions and last month arrested a number of officers after it said it had foiled a coup attempt.

Tandja's removal was largely welcomed in Niger since he had grown increasingly unpopular after scrapping the previous constitution in order to stay in power after the end of his second term in office.

After the expected initial public condemnations, donors and regional bodies like Ecowas started backing Djibo's junta and the civilian transitional government set up to guide the former French colony to elections.

Over the weekend, Mahamadou Issoufou - a veteran politician who lost to Tandja in elections in 1999 and 2004 and is seen by some as favourite in the coming vote - was confirmed as the PNDS party candidate at the weekend.

"The moment has come, the conditions are right..." Issoufou told a PNDS meeting at the weekend. "I know that I can count on you to turn these conditions into votes at the ballot box.

Read more on:    ecowas  |  mamadou tandja  |  salou djibo  |  niger  |  west africa
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