Since the announcement by President Mahamadou Issoufou of a failed coup attempt in Niger on Dec. 17 last year, several senior army and civilian officials have been locked up, while lawyers have been denied access to their clients.
According to the lawyers, the concerned security unit, DGDSE, which is attached to presidency, “did not have any competence on judicial matters.”
“DGDSE had denied lawyers the opportunity to assist their clients in complete violation of existing laws,” Niger’s Bar Association said in a statement.
The association’s president Samna Daouda said “in a state that respects the rule of law, it is important that the judicial authority is independent, and that separation of powers is respected.”
This is the third time in the history of Niger’s Bar Association that it has called its members to close their offices and go on strike. Enditem