In Guinea, a date for the trial of the September 28 massacre

On September 28, 2009, soldiers killed at least 157 people and raped 109 women in the stadium where thousands of opponents of the presidential candidacy of junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara were gathered, according to an international commission. UN investigation.

Victims and their loved ones have been calling for a trial for years. Rights defenders are also pushing for him to be held, in the name of the fight against impunity, which they believe is the norm in the country. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is also putting pressure on and sent a delegation to Guinea this week.

The judicial investigation ended in December 2017, with the referral of a dozen defendants to court, including Moussa Dadis Camara. But the trial continued to be delayed, despite the multiple commitments of the Conakry authorities, in particular under the regime of ex-President Alpha Condé, overthrown by a military coup in 2021.

Everything suggests that if we rely on the instructions of the president of the transition, this trial will probably take place from September 26“said Mr. Wright, referring to the leader of the junta and head of state, Colonel Mamady Doumbouya.

We expect a fair trial that will respect the rights of the defense and the civil party.

Mame Mandiaye Niang, International Criminal Court.

I say probably because it is a date that is not yet validated“, he said, referring to an upcoming validation. The head of the junta had asked in mid-July for the opening of the trial before the anniversary date of the massacre.

We expect a fair trial that will respect the rights of the defense and the civil party“said the Senegalese Mame Mandiaye Niang, head of the ICC mission who arrived in Conakry on Monday evening. “We are here to support this process, we will monitor to see if everything is going well. We also offer a form of expertise and experience to ensure the success of this trial“, he clarified.

Moussa Dadis Camara, until then in exile in Burkina Faso, returned to Guinea in December 2021 after being authorized by the junta. He said to himself “ready to put himself at the disposal of justice“.

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