Judges say probe into Guinea killings over
Guinean judges have completed an investigation into a massacre in which at least 157 opposition supporters were killed and 109 women raped by troops in a stadium in 2009, the justice ministry says.
In September 2009, an opposition protest in a stadium in Conakry against junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara’s rule ended in bloodshed when security forces opened fire on the crowd.
In a joint statement, rights organisations and victims of the massacre said the three investigating judges had notified them of the end of the judicial investigation.
The ministry said that the judges had forwarded the file to the public prosecutor at the Court of First Instance of Dixinn for final settlement.
The NGOS and a group representing victims requested the 14 defendants be put on trial.
Camara, a former army officer, seized power in 2008 after the death of dictator Lansana Conte.
Despite initial support, he rankled the population when he broke a pledge not to run for president.
After surviving an assassination attempt in 2009, Camara fled the country and now lives in exile in Burkina Faso, where he was indicted in July 2015 by Guinean magistrates for involvement in the killings.
His former aide-de-camp, Aboubakar Sidiki Diakite, known as Toumba Diakite, extradited from Senegal to Guinea in March 2017, is also one of the defendants.
Alpha Conde became Guinea’s first democratically elected president in 2010, taking over a nation run by a succession of strongmen following independence from France. (AFP)