a gendarme sentenced to ten years in prison for the death of a demonstrator

a gendarme sentenced to ten years in prison for the

A Guinean court on Monday (March 27) sentenced a gendarmerie non-commissioned officer to ten years in prison for the murder of a 19-year-old during protests on June 1, 2022 at the call of the FNDC, the first victim in the country since the seizure of power by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya during a putsch on September 5, 2021. This is an exceptional sentence for a member of the security forces.

With our correspondent in Conakry,Mouctar Bah

The prosecutor had requested a sentence of 25 years of prison against Chief Warrant Officer Moriba Camara. But the law enforcement officer, detained since June 13, 2022, was finally sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The verdict which did not satisfy any of the stakeholders in this trial.

An officer who uses his gun to kill a citizen of this country, and we manage to sentence him to 10 years in prison, we thought we were going to give him heavier sentences than that “Explains Diallo Alfa Issiagha, brother of the victim.

Deputy prosecutor Hady Diallo, who says he does not have to comment on the judge’s decision, nevertheless believes that his prosecution will appeal this verdict : “ As far as we are concerned, we really wanted to hold this hearing, we held it to the end and we showed that the facts were established and the judge gives us reason today by what he is found guilty facts, now the sentence is up to the judge to decide. »

Me Kabinet Kourala Kéita, defense lawyer, is not satisfied either with this decision which retains his client in the bonds of prevention, which he considers innocent : “ Based on the medical-legal certificate the origin of his death comes from a bullet. But, it has never been proven that this bullet was fired by Moriba. We will appeal. »

Since taking power, Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya has promised to put an end to the impunity enjoyed by the police until then. These were sometimes accused of excessive use of force during protests.

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