NewsWest AfricaFormer Guinea military ruler, Dadis Camara indicted over stadium massacre

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Posted on Thursday, 09 July 2015 11:21

Former Guinea military ruler, Dadis Camara indicted over stadium massacre

By Desmond Kokim

Photo©ReutersFormer Guinea military leader Moussa Dadis Camara has been indicted over a 2009 massacre where soldiers allegedly killed over 157 people at a stadium in the capital Conakry.

Camara is now leader of the newly formed Patriotic Forces for Democracy and Development (FPDD), and plans to contest the October presidential poll against President Alpha Conde.

The president of our party [Moussa Dadis Camara] has in fact been indicted

Camara ruled the country for a year after seizing power in a 2008 coup and remains popular in his native region of southeastern Guinea.

The charges brought against the former military leader may harm his presidential ambitions.

"The president of our party [Moussa Dadis Camara] has in fact been indicted.

"He confirmed this to me during a telephone conversation that I had with him this afternoon," Maxime Monimou, spokesperson for the FPDD, told Reuters.

Camara's reputation was damaged in September 2009 when protesters who opposed his candidacy for presidential elections in 2010 were massacred by Camara's soldiers.

According to human rights groups, over 157 people were killed and at least 100 women were raped.

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda once visited Guinea in connection with Camara's indictment.

Camara was charged in Burkina Faso where he has lived in exile since resigning from the presidency.

He survived an assassination and has since been recuperating from bullet wouds.

Two Guinean magistrates travelled to the Burkina Faso capital Ouagadougou on Monday.

A source close to Camara's family said he had met two judges from Guinea.



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