Ruling on Tandja release rejected

2010-11-10 08:05

Niamey - Niger rejected a ruling by a West African regional court that it release ousted president Mamadou Tandja from captivity, and will seek a judicial review of the case, a government source said Tuesday.

"Niger's government will demand a review of the trial, the only possibility it has before the court," said the source on condition of anonymity.

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) court on Monday ordered the release of Tandja, who has been held by the military junta since his overthrow in February.

Tandja has been detained in a villa in the presidential compound in Niamey since he was toppled in the February 18 coup that ended his 10 years in power in the impoverished but uranium-rich west African country.

The junta which took over from Tandja has since organised a referendum and promises presidential and legislative elections on January 31 next year with a handover of power slated for April.

The Ecowas court, based in Nigeria's capital Abuja, has no power to enforce its rulings.