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    Niger’s Coup Leaders Say They Will Prosecute Deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for ‘High Treason’

    Niger's Coup Leaders Say They Will Prosecute Deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for ‘High Treason'

    , Niger — Niger's mutinous soldiers said they will prosecute deposed President Mohamed Bazoum for “high treason” and undermining state security, in an announcement hours after the junta said they were open to dialogue with West African to resolve the mounting regional crisis.

    If found guilty, Bazoum could face the death penalty, according to Niger's penal code.

    Spokesman Col. Maj. Amadou Abdramane said on state television Sunday night that the regime had “gathered the necessary evidence to prosecute before competent national and international authorities the ousted president and his local and foreign accomplices for high treason and for undermining the internal and external security of Niger.”

    The announcement said high-ranking West African politicians and “their international mentors” have made false allegations and attempted to derail a peaceful solution to the crisis in order to justify a military intervention. It said Bazoum was being charged following his exchanges with these people. The statement did not identify specific Western countries and did not specify a date for the trial.

    Bazoum, Niger's democratically elected president, was ousted by members of his presidential guard on July 26 and has since been under house arrest with his wife and son in the presidential compound in the capital, Niamey.

    People close to the president as well as those in his ruling party say the…

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