Damantang Albert Camara, imprisoned since last April awaiting trial for, among other things, embezzlement of public funds, will he be released? In any case, this is what the lawyers of the former Minister of Security are asking for.Alpha Condé, Boubacar Sow et Sékou Koundianoin a five-page letter sent on August 8, 2022 to the Minister of Justice of the transitional government, Alphonse Charles Wright, what Young Africa consulted exclusively.
This document reveals that the release of Damantang Albert Camara was once again confirmed by the Supreme Court of Guinea on July 29, despite the appeal filed by the prosecutor in charge from case. However, this decision not subject to appeal not having been executed, the defense of the former minister now calls for the intervention of the current Keeper of the Seals.
A long bra de fer
In their letter, the two lawyers thus ask Alphonse Charles Wright to intervene with the special prosecutor at the Court for the repression of economic and financial offenses (Crief), Aly Touréso that the latter finally orders the release of their client pending his trial.
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It was last February that the special prosecutor at the Crief opened a judicial investigation against all the ministers of Alpha Condé in office on the date of the putsch of September 5, 2021. “There are serious indications of embezzlement of funds public, illicit enrichment, money laundering, corruption and complicity”, he wrote then in a letter dated February 17 addressed to the Directorate of Judicial Investigations of the Gendarmerie.
Indicted, the former Minister of Security Damantang Albert Camara had been placed under a warrant of committal on April 21 at the Central House in Conakry. But, as of June 2, the Investigation Chamber of the Court of Repression of Economic and Financial Offenses granted his request for release, pending the organization of his trial. Among other conditions, it ordered him to pay a bond of 500 million Guinean francs to the Public Treasury and to it is not leave Conakry.
A billion freedom
Prosecutor Aly Touré, however, opposed this decision by appealing to the Crief Investigation Control Chamber. Damantang Albert Camara therefore remained in prison. Two weeks later, on June 16, his appeal was however rejected: the release was confirmed, although accompanied by a bond, the amount of which, 1 billion Guinean francs, had been doubled.
According to our sources, this sum was indeed paid by the detainee’s family into a Crief account domiciled at the Central Bank of the Republic of Guinea. Damantang Albert Camara had not, however, regained his freedom. The special prosecutor’s office at the Crief had this time appealed to the Supreme Court, the final judicial remedy.
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Another defeat, on July 29, when the highest court in the country declared this approach inadmissible. “It should be noted that the actions of the Special Prosecutor at the Court of Repression of Economic and Financial Offenses violate the most basic rules of criminal procedure”, therefore denounce the lawyers of the former minister in their letter to the minister. of Justice.
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