A Nigerien court docket jailed 9 troopers for between 5 and 15 years on Friday for an tried coup towards President Mahamadou Issoufou in 2015, a court docket doc confirmed.
In December 2015, the federal government stated it had foiled a coup and arrested folks planning to make use of aerial firepower to grab management of Niger, a largely desert West African nation, a significant uranium producer and Western ally towards Saharan jihadists.
In the judgment learn out by Judge Ibrahim Daoudika, the suspected ringleader, General Salou Souleymane, obtained 15 years, as did two others. Six co-conspirators obtained sentences starting from 5 to 10 years, and one other three accused had been acquitted.
Issoufou was elected in 2011, one 12 months after a coup. He was re-elected in February 2016 with 92.5 p.c of the vote, after the opposition coalition boycotted the polls.
“This is not what we expected, but the court is sovereign and it judged that they conspired against the state,” lawyer Nabara Ycouba instructed a information convention. “The law does not allow for an appeal. I will discuss with my clients what to do.”