Guinea dismisses over 60 soldiers and prison officers


Guinea has dismissed over 60 soldiers and prison officers in the aftermath of the jailbreak of former junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara and two others. Capt. Camara was recaptured and returned to prison shortly after being freed from his cell by “heavily armed commandos.”


The dismissed military and prison officers are currently on trial for their alleged roles in the deaths of more than 150 people during a 2009 protest in the capital, Conakry.


Col. Mamady Doumbouya, the junta leader, issued a decree stating that the officers were fired for “breach of employment and misconduct.” Among those dismissed are fugitive Claude Pivi, Moussa Thiegboro Camara, and Blaise Goumou. A manhunt is ongoing for Mr. Pivi, who served as a former minister of presidential security in Dadis Camara’s junta.


Guinea is one of several former French colonies in West and Central Africa that have experienced coups in the past few years.



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