Niger presidential candidate declares himself political prisoner

January 13, 2016 8:30 PM

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Niger presidential candidate declares himself political prisoner

NIAMEY Hama Amadou, a major opposition figure in Niger and a presidential candidate, has declared himself a political prisoner and is now likely to spend time leading up to the February polls in jail, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

His lawyer, speaking on a private television station, said Amadou made the decision after the appeals court turned down his plea to be released.

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