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Former aide explains why he tried to kill junta leader

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2009-12-16

In an exclusive telephone interview with RFI radio station, Moussa Dadis Camara's former aide-de-camp, Aboubacar "Toumba" Diakite (photo), explains why he fired on Guinea's junta leader, who is currently in intensive care in Morocco.

French radio RFI spoke to former Guinean junta member Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakite, who has been in hiding since a Dec. 3 attempt to assassinate his former boss, junta strongman Captain Dadis Camara. 

In an exclusive telephone interview, Diakite said he turned on Camara because the junta leader planned to put the blame for a violent crackdown on opposition protesters last September squarely on his shoulders.
 
Diakite claimed that Camara had betrayed him by singling him out as a scapegoat, violating a pact between the two men.
 
The fugitive aide-de-camp claims he had nothing to do with the Sept. 28 bloodbath, in which junta soldiers killed more than 100 opposition protesters and raped dozens of women in a stadium in the capital Conakry.
 
Diakite said he had in fact helped evacuate opposition politicians so that they would not be killed – a version of events corroborated by several opposition leaders, according to RFI.
 
The former aide claimed the repression had been carried out jointly by Camara’s red berets, the police and the gendarmerie, as well as young pro-Camara civilian militants who had infiltrated the crowd of protesters. According to him, the junta leader sent the militants to disturb the protest, and they acted under orders from some of Camara’s lieutenants.
 
Diakite told RFI the repression had been deliberately planned and ordered by Camara and the minister of presidential security, Claude Pivi. He added that lieutenant Marcel Guilavogui was charged with directing operations against the political leaders present at the protest.
 
The junta's most wanted man said he shot at Camara several times, including once in the neck, as his former boss came to arrest him in his military camp. The junta says its leader survived the attack and is being treated for his bullet wounds at a hospital in Rabat, Morocco.

Date created : 2009-12-16

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