It is 3:40 p.m., this Wednesday, October 19, when the accused finally speaks. Silence fell in the courtroom where those presumed responsible for the massacre perpetrated on September 28, 2009 are on trial. At the helm, Aboubacar Diakité, alias Toumba, keeps his audience spellbound. His lawyers had said weakened, he appears very combative. sometimes persuasive, sometimes funny, the former aide-de-camp of Captain Moussa Dadis Camara pulls a smile from the audience, laughter punctuates his declarations. Even the former head of the junta, whom Toumba Diakité does not spare, sometimes displays an amused pout.
Guinea: Toumba Diakité, the evil genius of Moussa Dadis Camara?
While waiting for that of Moussa Dadis Camara, his interrogation is one of the most striking moments of the trial which opened on September 28th. Looking in the direction of his former boss, he urged him to “assume himself as a real man and [à] ask the Guineans for forgiveness, as Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces”. Rejoicing to be able to give his share of truth, il promised not to “distort the facts”. “God wouldn’t forgive me for that,” he added.
The Koran and Mendeleev’s painting
At the bar, Toumba Diakité asks forgiveness from the victims, prays for the rest of their souls, quotes the Koran and refers to the table of the Russian scientist Mendeleïev, as if this classification of chemical elements developed at the end of the 19th century could help to break through the mystery of what was the power of Moussa Dadis Camara, between December 23, 2008 and December 3, 2009. It is no longer a courtroom, it is an amphitheater.
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