NIAMEY A court in Niger has freed fifteen civilians accused of complicity in an tried putsch against President Mahamadou Issoufou, their lawyer stated on Saturday.
In December 2015, the federal government stated it experienced foiled a coup and arrested persons who prepared to use aerial firepower to seize management of the West African place, a major Uranium producer and Western ally in the fight against Islamists in the Sahara.
The fifteen were being freed on Friday. Nine army officers together with the alleged ringleader General Salou Souleymane, are nonetheless at the rear of bars awaiting trial.
“From the start out we were being persuaded our customers are harmless,” lawyer Ali Kadri stated on non-public area Tv station Bonferey. “There was no (evidence) … to suggest that they were being implicated in this affair,” he stated.
Issoufou was elected in 2011, just one yr right after a coup. He was re-elected in February final yr with 92.five p.c of the vote right after the opposition coalition boycotted the polls.
(Reporting by Boureima Balima Composing by Tim Cocks Editing by Mark Potter)