News Alerts

05 Oct 2018 | 08:29 AM UTC

Niger: Sentencing in controversial trial expected in Niamey October 5 /update 2

Niger News Alert

Civil society activists expected to be sentenced on October 5 in Niamey; avoid all gatherings and the courthouse

TIMEFRAME expected from 10/5/2018, 12:00 AM until 10/6/2018, 11:59 PM (Africa/Niamey). COUNTRY/REGION Niamey

Read all related news alert(s):


A Niamey court is expected to deliver its decision on Friday, October 5, regarding the sentencing of three prominent civil society activists who were arrested seven months earlier. The trial, which had been delayed twice, resumed on October 1. The prosecutor has asked for a sentence of eight months in prison combined with the payment of a XOF 50,000 (USD 87) fine. Supporters are expected to gather outside the Tribunal de Grande Instance in the capital Niamey, which will likely prompt security forces to disperse them, potentially using forceful measures.


A group of activists was arrested and jailed in March for having participated in an unauthorized demonstration against the 2018 budget. Among the arrested activists, 15 were freed in July while the three remaining were awaiting trial. The budget has caused tensions among the general population as it has increased taxes on housing and electricity.


Individuals in Niamey during the trial should avoid the vicinity of the courthouse due to the risk of localized clashes between activists and the security forces.


Copyright and Disclaimer
GardaWorld is the owner or licensee of all intellectual property rights in the material presented on this website. All such rights are reserved. The use of this website and its material is subject to the Terms of Use and accordingly you must not use any content from this website for commercial or other analogous purposes without our consent, including but not limited to any deep-linking or framing in order to copy, distribute, display or monitor any portion of the website. If you have any questions or are interested in distributing any content from this website, Contact us for more details.

Related news