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Cablegate: Niger: Mouvement Des Nigeriens Pour La Justice

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R 101505Z MAR 08
FM AMEMBASSY NIAMEY
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 4176
INFO RUEHBP/AMEMBASSY BAMAKO 0446
RUEHTRO/AMEMBASSY TRIPOLI
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RHMFISS/HQ USEUCOM VAIHINGEN GE

UNCLAS NIAMEY 000277

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E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PINS PGOV MOPS NG LY
SUBJECT: NIGER: MOUVEMENT DES NIGERIENS POUR LA JUSTICE
(MNJ) RELEASES 25 HOSTAGES

REF: NIAMEY 81

1. On Sunday, March 9, 2008, the MNJ website reported on the
release of "25 military prisoners, including the Prefet of
Tanout." The website reports that the release of the
hostages marks the first anniversary of the MNJ after more
than a year of hostilities against the Government of Niger
(GON). The hostages were reported to have been released to
"Supreme Leader of the Libyan Revolution Mouamar Khadafi."

2. This MNJ action follows the recent release by Malian
rebels of 22 prisoners.

3. There has yet to be a GON reaction to the report. Post
will keep Department informed of developments.

4. Minimize considered.
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