As a way of what they believe is sanitizing the francophone nation of Guinea, the military administration has overseen a series of judicial proceedings against people deemed as corrupt, since the September military coup.
Two former leaders in Guinea have been jailed on corruption charges. They were key men to the deposed President Alpha Conde.
“Amadou Damaro Camara and Lounceny Camara are under arrest and they have just been sent to prison,” the special prosecutor of the Court of Repression of Economic and Financial Offences (Crief), Aly Touré, told the press.
Amadou Damaro Camara, former president of the National Assembly, and Loucény Camara, former president of the Independent National Electoral Commission and former Minister of Hotels and Tourism, were charged with alleged “misappropriation of public funds”, “illicit enrichment”, “money laundering”, and “corruption”, Mr. Touré told the public.
Both are distinguished members of the Rassemblement du Peuple de Guineé (RPG), the party of Mr. Conde, who served as the country’s president from late 2010 until his overthrow in 2021.
Mr. Damaro Camara was active during the 2018 protest against Mr. Conde’s long stay in power. He had sided with the administration while comparing opposition demonstrations to “grand banditry” and “criminality”, calling for them to be coiled with “weapons” and not “sticks.”
The indictment and imprisonment of the two men bring it to the odd number of nine former government officials who are currently locked up. Eight ex-ministers are also imprisoned on charges of fraud or corruption in the West African nation.