March 28 (EUROPA PRESS) –
A court in Guinea has sentenced a member of the security forces to ten years in prison for the death of a young man shot during an opposition protest held in June 2022, in the midst of demonstrations against the junta established after the coup d’état of 2021.
According to information collected by the Guinean news portal Guinée Matin, the convicted person is Moriba Camara, accused of the death of 19-year-old Thierno Mamadou Diallo. Likewise, he must pay a fine of one hundred million Guinean francs (around 10,700 euros).
Camara’s lawyer has shown “sorry” and “frustration” after the verdict, before accusing the judges of “lack of courage.” “Moriba is not guilty of anything,” said Kabinet Kourala Keita, who has asked the family for “tranquility” pending the appeal.
For its part, the Prosecutor’s Office has stressed that “a ten-year prison sentence is very rare” and has stressed that it expected a harsher sentence to “serve as an example.” “We are not satisfied and we are going to file an appeal,” said Alpha Issiaga Diallo.
The Prosecutor’s Office had claimed 25 years in prison against Camara for the death of Diallo, which took place amid the repression of protests against the junta established after the September 2021 coup, which overthrew the then president, Alpha Condé.
The junta, headed by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya – now also Guinean transitional president – was established after months of political crisis in the country due to his decision to modify the Constitution to run for a third term and his victory in the 2020 presidential elections. , in which the rest of the candidates denounced fraud.