Judges say probe into Guinea killings over

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - WORLD - CON­AKRY, Fri­day

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)

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