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ECOWAS Court to Rule on Niger’s Ex President’s Detention 

The Economic Community of West African States is set to issue a decision on a complaint submitted by lawyers of former Nigerien president Mohamed Bazoum over his ouster in a July coup. Since his toppling, Bazoum has been held at his residence in the heart of the presidential palace in the Niamey, Niger’s capital. The complaint with the ECOWAS Court of Justice by Bazoom’s lawyers centers on what they called “sequestration and arbitrary detention”. On November 1, the public prosecutor at the Niamey Court of Appeal confirmed that there had been an escape attempt by President Mohamed Bazoum on October 18. But gave no details. The ECOWAS Court of Justice had on November 21 examined Niger’s complaint against the regional organization, which imposed sanctions following the coup d’état.