Guinea: the arrest of the men behind the massacre

Toumba, arrested by the Senegal authorities.
Toumba, arrested by the Senegal authorities.

In a recent announcement, Senegal authorities declared the detention of the former guinean military involved in the massacre of 2009 in Guinea. Recently, Aboubacar Sidiki Diakite, was arrested in Dakar by the Senegalese gendarmerie. Perhaps it is time, to reopen the investigation about heinous crimes committed against Guineans during the massacre.

 

Toumba Diakite, a key part on the stadium’s

massacre

 

Since his involvement on the stadium’s massacre in 2009, Aboubacar Sidiki “Toumba” Diakite, was declared one of the most wanted men in Guinea. The massacre occurred on the 28th of September 2009, while people were protesting against the military coup. To recall the facts, Moussa Dadis Camara ascended to power in the 2008 coup following the death of the former president Lansana Conté. To protest against the wrongdoings of the junta’s leader, Civilians gathered in Conakry’s stadium, only for the “Red Berets” to intervene and open fire on protestors. People were trampled, injured, shot and raped in public.

 

During this shooting spree, 157 person were murdered, 1253 persons were injured and 30 person were arrested. Amidst this violation of human rights, female protestors were aggressed and gang raped by military troops. Moussa Dadis Camara, declared his disconnection with the massacre and blamed rogue elements in the military, whereas investigation proved the involvement of his Elite guards in this sheer act of savagery. 

 

Moussa Dadis Camara, accused his aide-de-camp, Aboubacar Sidiki Diakite of playing a central role in this massacre. Refusing to be the scapegoat of this operation, Diakite nearly killed the Coup leader by shooting him in the head, at a military camp set in Conakry. Toumba has been on the run ever since.

 

After years of hide and seek, the former head of the presidential guard in guinea, was arrested by Senegal gendarmerie. The Senegalese authorities tracked the military fugitive after a tip off they received month ago about his hideouts. “Twelve members of the section of the gendarmerie worked 24 hours a day. “Toumba”, very discreet, lived in Dakar in a bourgeois district close to the city’s African Monument De Renaissance statue”, pointed the police communique released by Senegalese police.

 

Toumba, who had gained weight and changed his identity to Aboubacar Barry, was hardly recognizable by the authorities at check points, which made him a difficult catch. The investigation is led at the Samba Diery Diallo Barracks, with Diakite. Imprisoned at Dakar, Guinea authorities are seeking the installation of an extradition agreement with Senegal.

 

About the arrest, Corinne Dufka, an associate director at Human Rights Watch pointed out that “The arrest … represents a major step forward in Guinea’s investigation of the 2009 stadium massacre. Victims are eager to see the case move to trial.”

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