FLASH! All Guinean Opposition Leaders Summoned to Appear in Court March 14 on Charges of Civil Liability for Damages Caused During Feb. 27 March
All leaders of all three blocks of the opposition, the Collective, the ADP and the CDR, are summoned to appear next Thursday, March 14 in the court of first instance in Dixinn and are accused of being “civilly liable for damages caused during the February 27, 2013 march in the streets of Conakry as members of the organizing committee.”
Parties mentioned are, among others, the NGR of Abe Sylla, the GPT of Kassory Fofana, the RDIG of Jean Marc Telliano, the UFDG of Cellou Dalein Diallo, the UFR of Sidya Touré, the UFC Aboubacar Sylla, the SARP of Lansana Kouyaté, the PPG Dean Charles Pascal Tolno, the UNRof Boubacar Barry, the AFAG of Baidy Aribot , thee GECI of Fode Mohamed Soumah, the PS of Thierno Saidou Bayo, and the NFD of Mouctar Diallo.
While the overall charge is “civil liability for damages,” the specific charges are numerous: gatherings, parades and processions on public roads while armed, assault with bodily harm, contempt of the custodians of the public force, damage to private property, interference with the exercise of rights and freedom and duties of maintaining order, destruction and damage buildings or public facilities or private . . ., etc.
Africaguinee.com contacted Cellou Daein Dialo of the UFDG party for comment. He said he was not surprised by the summons to court since Conde had said he would do so in a speech earlier. He added that “we are innocent victims of violence” and that the court process is not likely to promote “healing.”