Niger refuses to free jailed presidential hopeful before run-off

A campaign poster depicting Niger's leading opposition figure and contender Hama Amadou, jailed since November 2015 over his alleged involvement in a baby-trafficking scandal, on February 2, 2016A Niger appeals court on Monday rejected a demand to release jailed presidential candidate Hama Amadou before a run-off vote on March 20, saying it would only rule on the case a week later. Amadou’s lawyer Souley Oumarou told reporters that the court, which had been due to rule on a conditional release on Monday, said it would only deliver its verdict on March 28, eight days after the run-off vote. The court will also decide on March 23 if Amadou, who received medical treatment last week for eye problems, will go on trial.

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