Guinea: prosecution for "assassinations" committed against ex-president Alpha Condé

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Former Guinean President Alpha Condé and several other personalities are the subject of a judicial investigation. An investigation has been opened for alleged facts including assassinations, acts of torture, kidnappings and rapes, announced the Dixinn prosecution.

Judicial information has been opened against former Guinean President Alpha Condé and several other personalities for alleged acts including assassinations, acts of torture, kidnappings and rapes, announced the prosecution of Dixinn (suburb of Conakry) in a press release dated of May 6 and received, Thursday, May 12, by AFP.

The prosecutor of Dixinn opened this judicial investigation for presumed facts in particular of murder, assassination and complicity, kidnappings and kidnappings, act of torture, rapes and sexual assaults, intentional assault and battery, acts of looting “committed” in Guinea during the period of the referendum and the legislative elections of March 2020 and during the presidential election of October of the same year.

This judicial investigation also targets the last Prime Minister of Alpha Condé, Ibrahima Kassory Fofana, his former Minister of Defense Mohamed Diane, as well as “several other” personalities, adds the press release without further details on their identity.

On May 4, the Attorney General of the Republic of Guinea had asked the prosecutor of Dixinn to initiate these proceedings “without delay”. Alpha Condé, 84 years old today, was overthrown on September 5 after more than ten years in power, during a putsch led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who was head of the special forces.

Authoritarian drift of the Condé presidency

Kept prisoner by the military after the putsch, Alpha Condé was finally authorized in January to go to the United Arab Emirates for treatment. He returned to Guinea in mid-April. The junta ensures that he is free to move.

The Attorney General acted following the action initiated in January 2022 by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), a collective which led for months from October 2019 the challenge against a third term of Alpha Conde.

The repression of these protests, often brutal in this country accustomed to political violence, left dozens dead, almost all civilians.

This mobilization did not prevent Alpha Condé, who in 2010 became the first democratically elected president after decades of authoritarian or dictatorial regimes, from being re-elected in October 2020 after having the Constitution amended at the start of the year during a consultation. whose legitimacy is strongly questioned.

Human rights defenders denounced the authoritarian drift of the Condé presidency in his last years.

Three-year transition

Since September 2021, Colonel Doumbouya has had himself invested as president. He pledged to hand over power to elected civilians.

On Wednesday, the legislative body set up by the junta set the duration of the transition at three years before the return of civilians to power, thus defying West African states and the international community who are calling for a shorter period.

This decision of the legislative body must be validated by Colonel Doumbouya on an unspecified date.

In September, after the putsch, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) “insisted that the transition be very short”, and that elections be organized within a period not exceeding “six months”. .

ECOWAS suspended Guinea after the putsch and imposed sanctions on it following the junta’s repeated refusal to comply with its demands.

With AFP

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