Thursday, February 26, 2009

[Guinean news] Conté's son arrested along with senior police officials

The last week has seen the arrest of several high profile Guineans by the CNDD junta.

Most notably, Ousmane Conté, son of the country's recently deceased head of state, was arrested on allegations of drugs trafficking

The Associated Press added: On Monday night [Feb. 23], coup leader Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara appeared on national television and defended the arrest of several high-ranking police officials who also are suspected of being involved in drug trafficking. "The majority of high-ranking police officials are implicated in drug trafficking," Camara said in his address to the nation. "They have built castles ... between them some of them have more than 10 to 15 villas in Conakry. It's time to denounce it."

Human Rights' Watch West Africa expert praised the junta's efforts against drugs trafficking and noted that the arrests "could greatly contribute to the fight against impunity in Guinea," though she warned against excesses.

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