Guinea Not Capable of Handling Massacre Case Say NGOs
(AFP) – Mar 11, 2011
CONAKRY — Guinean human rights bodies said Friday the country was not capable of prosecuting those responsible for a massacre in which 150 protesters were killed in a Conakry stadium on 28 September 2009.
“Given the results achieved since the establishment of a pool of Guinean magistrates tasked with investigating the 28 September massacre, we are able to say today that the Guinean legal system is incapable of trying this case,” a spokesman for the nongovernmental organisations, Thierno Diallo, told reporters.
Diallo said the case could not be wrapped up while the troubled country was ruled by a transition government as “all those who were in charge were implicated.”
He said he hoped the election of a democratically elected civilian government would make a difference, however several officials implicated by an international commission of enquiry still occupied state positions.
According to Diallo, Guinea needs to adopt provisions relating to genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity into its law as well as the political will of its authorities.
The massacre was committed under the military junta of Captain Moussa Dadis Camara who took power in December 2008 after the death of President Lansana Conte.
Camara was forced out of power three months after the massacre and was replaced by a transitional government until elections in November 2010.