GUINEA: Former President to face trial for murder


Guinea said Wednesday it would prosecute former president Alpha Condé, who was toppled in a military coup last September, for murder and other crimes committed during his time in office.

Condé is among 27 former senior officials who face prosecution for “murder, assassination and complicity,” according to a document given to journalists by public prosecutor Alphonse Charles Wright.

Other alleged crimes include detention, torture, kidnapping, disappearances, rape and other sexual abuse and looting.

The list of names includes a former president of the constitutional court, ex-speakers of parliament, a former prime minister and many former ministers, legislators and heads of the security services.

In a message to AFP, Wright, who was appointed by the junta, said the prosecution was launched following a complaint filed by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution (FNDC), an umbrella group that had spearheaded protests against Conde.

Condé, 84, was ousted by mutinous soldiers amid anger at his successful bid for a third term.

In 2010 he had become the first democratically elected president in the history of the West African country.

But his popularity dived in his second term as critics accused him of authoritarianism, and opposition protests were violently repressed.

Tension escalated bloodily in the runup to elections in October 2020.

The vote, boycotted by most of the opposition, followed a controversial referendum on constitutional change months earlier.

Critics said that Condé was limited to two terms in office under the constitution, but he argued that the change to the constitution meant that the clock had been set back to zero.

He was deposed last year by army officers led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, a former special forces commander.

Doumbouya has since been sworn in as interim president and implemented a crackdown on alleged corruption by the former regime.

Condé’s future became a major issue between the junta and the regional bloc ECOWAS after the coup.

He was initially detained and then allowed to go to the United Arab Emirates for medical treatment in January, returning home on April 10.

On April 22, the junta declared it was informing “national and international opinion that the former president of the republic is finally free” — an assertion contested by Condé’s Rally of the Guinean People (RPG) party.



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