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

GENEVA (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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