ECOWAS: ECOWAS Court dismisses case brought by deposed traditional ruler

Abuja, Nigeria (PANA) - The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice Tuesday dismissed an application for a stay of execution of the order of the Supreme Court of Niger deposing the former Sultan of Zinder in Niger Republic, Mahamadou Moustapha, on 29 June 2011.

Delivering judgement in the suit brought by the former Sultan alleging the violation of his civil rights and the right to equitable and fair hearing, a three-member panel of judges of the Court declared that ECOWAS Court is not an appeal Court over the decision and judgment of national courts.

In his application, the Plaintiff said he was duly elected in 2001 when the position became vacant after his predecessor, Aboubakar Sanda, was deposed by the government following his sentencing for associating with criminals, complicity in swindling, use of fake currency and drug trafficking.

He averred that he was then subjected to acts which infringed upon his freedom as well as that of members of his immediate family by the Governor of Zinder who, without any judicial or administrative mandate, ordered the state utility companies responsible for water and electricity to disconnect the palace, thereby endangering the lives of the more than 100 residents.

Justice Yaya Boiro read the judgement of the panel which also included the President of the Court, Hon. Justice Maria Do Ceu Silva Monteiro and Hon. Justice Alioune Sall.
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03 décembre 2015 22:15:53

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