Niger ordered to compensate Mainassara's family

2015-10-23 20:19


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Abuja - Niger was on Friday ordered to pay compensation to the family of former president Ibrahim Bare Mainassara, who was killed by members of the presidential guard in a 1999 coup.

Five judges sitting at the Ecowas Court of Justice said Niamey should pay a total of about $750 000 to Mainassara's widow, five children and 11 brothers and sisters.

The panel at the court in Nigeria's capital, Abuja, ruled unanimously that "the right to life of president Ibrahim Bare Mainassara has been violated".

Eleven members of the former president's family sought redress in the court in December 2013, urging it to compel the Niger government to identify the assassins and bring them to justice.

The court's decisions are binding on all members of the Economic Community of West African States and are final and not subject to appeal.

Mainassara, a 49-year-old army general, was killed at a military base on April 9 1999, three years after himself seizing power in a coup following disputed elections.

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