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Boko Haram members jailed

Publish date: 09 July 2018
Issue Number: 781
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Niger

A court in Niger has sentenced 17 members of the violent Islamist movement Boko Haram to between two and seven years in jail. 'Of the 42 suspects on trial, 17 got between two and seven years in prison and 21 others were released,' said prosecutor Chaibou Samna, prosecutor at the High Court in Niamey, said. A TimesLIVE reports notes that the trial of the four other suspected members of the jihadist movement, which originated in Nigeria and has launched bloody attacks in neighbouring countries, was postponed until mid-October, Samna said. The first trials of Boko Haram suspects in Niger were held in the capital Niamey in March 2017. Some were convicted and jailed for up to nine years, while others were acquitted for lack of evidence.

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