Niger's deposed president moved to jail

2011-01-17 22:12

Niamey - A relative of Niger's detained former president says he's been transferred from house arrest to prison, facing charges of misappropriating public funds.

Relative Mamadou Boukar says the ex-leader Mamadou Tandja was taken on Sunday to a prison about 30km from the capital of Niamey. He is accused of misappropriating about 4 billion West African francs (about $8m) while in office.

Tandja was deposed last February in a military coup after he stayed in office months beyond his legal mandate. Uniformed men stormed the presidential palace and kidnapped the 72-year-old leader.

The desperately poor country on the edge of the Sahara Desert has a long tradition of strongmen seizing power by force since independence from France a half century ago.

  • IceMan - 2011-01-18 10:57

    why dont they do that to the corrupt ANC officials

  • 54321.anon - 2011-01-18 15:35

    .. look at what is happening to Zimbabwe(Economic meltdown), Ivory Coast(Civil war), DRC(war and mass rape) Sudan(civil war), Somalia(piracy as a livelihood) .. all different symptoms of the same incurable disease. Africa is too stupid to survive the 21st century. It will continue to reap the seeds of violence, corruption, and greed it sows.

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