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West African Bloc ECOWAS Critical Of Plan To Prosecute Ousted Nigerien President

ABUJA, NIGERIA — Officials of the West African bloc ECOWAS say they are “stupefied” by the charge of high treason that Niger’s military rulers have leveled against Niger’s ousted president, Mohamed Bazoum. If convicted of the charge, Bazoum could face the death penalty.

In a statement Monday, the regional bloc called the attempt to bring charges of high treason against President Mohammed Bazoum provocative and said it contradicted the coup leaders’ recent willingness to pursue a peaceful resolution.

While calling for his immediate release and reinstatement, ECOWAS emphasized that Bazoum remained the country’s legitimate leader.

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