Guinea to Prosecute Ex-President for Murder
Guinea’s former president, Alpha Conde, is set to be prosecuted for murder and other crimes allegedly committed during his time in office.
Eighty-four-year-old Conde was deposed in September last year, following a military coup that toppled him after 21 years in power.
On Wednesday, 4 May, public prosecutor Alphonse Charles Wright – who was appointed by Guinea’s ruling junta – released a document, which stated that Conde is among 27 former senior officials who will be tried for a litany of alleged crimes committed during the last two years of his presidency.
Wright said that these include complicity in murder, illegal detentions, torture, kidnapping, disappearances, rape and other sexual abuse, looting, and destruction of property.
The legal proceedings against this group – which includes ex-speakers of parliament and a former prime minister among others – came about following a complaint filed by the National Front for the Defence of the Constitution, an umbrella group that had led protests against the former president.
Conde has yet to comment publicly on the impending proceedings.
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