February 11, 2019 / 9:28 AM / 8 days ago

UN expert says suspension of Nigeria's chief judge breaches human rights

GENEVA, Feb 11 (Reuters) - The suspension of Nigeria’s most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari last month broke international human rights standards on independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, a U.N. expert said in a statement on Monday.

“International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence,” said Diego Garcia-Sayán, the U.N. special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers. (Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Alison Williams)

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