Bazoum and “his local and foreign accomplices” would face charges of “treason and assault on Niger’s internal and external security,” it said. The military overthrew the democratically elected president in the Sahel state at the end of July and took power. Bazoum has been held captive ever since.

The West African group of states Ecowas had initially asked the military to reinstate the president and threatened military intervention as a “last option”. However, an ultimatum set by Ecowas passed without consequences.