2009 massacre in Guinea: Life prison requested against former president Dadis Camara


The prosecutor in the historic trial of the September 28, 2009 massacre in Guinea on Wednesday requested the sentencing of former Guinean President Moussa Dadis Camara and several other officials of the time to life imprisonment.

Magistrate Alghassimou Diallo asked the court that the sentence be accompanied by a 30-year safety period, media report.

He demanded that the facts be reclassified as crimes against humanity through murder, assassinations, torture, kidnapping and rape, according to the same sources.

The prosecutor requested sentences of 15 years in prison for three other defendants, and 14 years for two defendants. He refused the mitigating circumstances.

The prosecutor criticized Moussa Dadis Camara for having done nothing to prevent the actions of the men placed under his responsibility.

On September 28, 2009 and the following days, members of the presidential guard, soldiers, police and militiamen repressed an opposition rally and massacred with unbridled brutality in a stadium in and around Conakry.

At least 156 people were killed by bullets, knives, machetes or bayonets, hundreds injured and at least 109 women raped, according to the report of an international commission of inquiry mandated by the UN.

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