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Niger's jailed opposition leader hospitalized again

Niger's jailed opposition leader hospitalized again


Niger’s opposition presidential candidate Hama Amadou has for the second time in less than a week been hospitalized, according to the AFP.

The 66-year-old former Prime Minister “fainted and was taken for first aid at the Filingué district hospital,” said his personal physician Harouna Yacouba.

Dr. Yacouba said the jailed opposition leader needs “proper care” explaining that the Filingué center lacked adequate equipment.

Amadou, who is being held for alleged child trafficking is said to be unwell although it is not clear what condition he is suffering.

He was released briefly last Friday night for medical attention and was returned to the prison in spite of earlier reports suggesting he had been flown to the capital Niamey for treatment.

Amadou’s doctor said an “evacuation permit” has been issued by the Ministry of Interior and Justice but his evacuation is yet to happen.

A spokesperson for the opposition coalition at the weekend said a plan to fly Amadou to Niamey for treatment was canceled at the last minute.

An application for bail for Amadou which was heard on Monday, will be determined on March 28.

Hama Amadou, who has been in jail since November last year, secured almost 18 percent of votes during the February 21 presidential election pushing it into a runoff vote scheduled to be held on March 20.

The opposition coalition for change on March 2 demanded that Amadou be released to enable him contest the March 20 polls.