Thursday, August 28, 2014

Niger: Niger's Parliamentary Head Faces Baby Trafficking Arrest

The president of Niger's parliament is set to be arrested and questioned for his alleged involvement in a baby trafficking ring.

Hama Amadou is also one of the country's leading opposition members.

A parliamentary vice president said lawmakers took the decision to order Amadou's arrest with a "heavy heart," but said they must do their duty.

Amadou says the charges are politically motivated and his allies in parliament say the arrest would violate his immunity from prosecution.

Seventeen others have already been arrested in Niger for alleged baby trafficking, including Agriculture Minister Abdou Labo.

So-called baby factories involve young women who sell their newborns to couples who cannot conceive.