Niger bails presidential rival held for baby trafficking

29th March 2016, Comments 0 comments

A Niger court Tuesday granted bail to presidential challenger Hama Amadou, who was detained in November on baby trafficking charges but is currently in France for medical treatment, his lawyer said.

President Mahamadou Issoufou was re-elected with 92 percent of the vote in a March 20 run-off for which Amadou had campaigned behind bars and which the opposition had boycotted.

"The decision is clear, he is free as of today," Amadou's lawyer Mossi Boubacar said, adding.

Amadou was flown to France for medical treatment just days before the second-round vote, which opposition parties have branded a farce.

© 2016 AFP

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