Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Niger court drops corruption charges against former president
Another one of Tandja's lawyers added that the appeals court in Niamey had ruled the examining magistrate was not capable of hearing cases involving a former president. Tandja was accused of embezzling state funds worth $1 million, and was linked to a corrupt fertiliser deal worth between $9 - $10million.
In December 2010, the State Court of Niger lifted the former president's immunity clearing the way for prosecution. He was charged and transferred in January to the Kollo prison just outside Niamey. On Tuesday 2nd May, the court of appeals ruled that Tandja should be released.
Sources: BBC News, AFP, Ghana News Agency, Reuters
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