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Release of Deposed Niger President’s Son Sparks Diplomatic Tensions and Sanctions Controversy

Niger’s deposed President Mohamed Bazoum’s son, Salem Bazoum, has been released by a military tribunal after more than five months in detention. Following mediation by regional leaders, he left for Togo. Despite his release, his parents remain detained, and the junta has resisted diplomatic pressure to free them.

The military tribunal stated that Salem Bazoum’s release is provisional, and he may face justice when required. He was initially charged with conspiracy after the July coup. Togo’s Foreign Minister escorted him out of Niger, with Sierra Leone also involved in mediation.

The Ecowas court ruled their detention arbitrary, calling for the release and President Bazoum’s reinstatement, a move ignored by the junta. The military insists on a transition of up to three years to civilian rule, leading to ongoing sanctions affecting Niger’s economy.

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