After targeting the caciques of the Alpha Condé regime, the junta in power in Guinea is now attacking the former president. The Minister of Justice, Alphonse Charles Wright, ordered this November 3 to initiate legal proceedings, in particular for alleged acts of corruption, against the ex-president Alpha Condé, whom she overthrew by a coup d’etat in 2021, and against more than 180 senior executives or former ministers.
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The proceedings are initiated “for alleged acts of corruption, illicit enrichment, money laundering, forgery and use of forgery in public writing, embezzlement of public funds and complicity”. Since coming to power, Mamadi Doumbouya’s junta has applied a “policy of moralizing public life” and has of the fight against corruption one of its standard bearers.
Forty former ministers targeted
In his public letter addressed to the attorneys general, Alphonse Charles Wright, in office since July 12, takes a new step by appointing the former head of state, still in Turkey for medical reasons, and a large number of his executives when he was in power.
Among them, former Prime Minister Ibrahima Kassory Fofana and around forty former ministers, such as Mohamed Diané at Defense (imprisoned since April 6, alongside Ibrahima Kassory Fofana and Oyé Guilavogui in particular), Mamady Camara, in Economy or Mariama Camara, in Commerce. A number of advisers to the presidency under the Condé regime are also cited. In total, the list includes 188 names, some of whom are already in prison – Mohamed Diané has been imprisoned since April 6, alongside Ibrahima Kassory Fofana and Oyé Guilavogui in particular – and others mentioned several times. Their accounts are frozen, the document says.
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“It is imperative to open judicial inquiries to elucidate the origin of the funds of these various accounts without this prejudicing the unfreezing when it is established in a contradictory manner that these accounts are exempt from all presumptions of illicit enrichment” , says the Minister of Justice.
Alpha Condé already prosecuted for assassinations
This is not the first time that proceedings have been brought against ex-president Alpha Condé, 84, implicated in May for facts alleged including assassinations, acts of torture, kidnappings and rapes, in this country where the repression of political demonstrations is often brutal.
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The Guinean justice had acted following the action initiated in January 2022 by the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution (FNDC), a collective at the forefront of the challenge against the third term of Condé but dissolved at the beginning of August by the junta. Its members denounced the “unilateral” management of the transition period, the confiscation of power, and called for demonstrations, which were banned by the authorities. Several of their executives have since been languishing in prison.
Another iconic lawsuit underway
An example of the desire for justice – the country’s “compass” in the words of Colonel Doumbouya – proclaimed by the junta, the trial of the former Guinean dictator Moussa Dadis Camara and a dozen former military officials and government, planned for years, opened on September 28 before a court in Conakry.
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They must answer for the massacre of September 28, 2009, during which 156 people were killed, thousands of others injured and at least 109 women were raped, according to the report of an international commission of inquiry mandated by the ‘UN.
Auditioned until November 2, Aboubacar Sidiki Diakité (known as “Toumba”), Dadis’ former aide-de-camp, gave his version of the facts, recounting the chaotic management of the demonstrations, after promising the judges to cooperate fully.