Guinea’s former military leader, Moussa Dadis Camara, who managed to escape from the central prison in Conakry, the capital of Guinea on Saturday morning, has been successfully recaptured, as confirmed by Guinean armed forces.
Ibrahima Sory Bangoura, the Chief of Staff and General of the Armed Forces of the Guinean Transitional Government verified this development in a statement, ensuring that Moussa Dadis Camara is now safe and sound and has been returned to the central prison in Conakry. In addition, two other fugitives, Col. Moussa Tiegboro Camara and Col. Blaise Gomou, have also been apprehended and returned to prison.
The armed forces have intensified their efforts to locate the last fugitive, Commander Claude Pivi.
The Ministry of Justice released a statement indicating that the Attorney General at the Court of Appeals in Conakry has issued instructions to initiate proceedings on serious charges against all four detainees who were exfiltrated from the central prison by an armed commando on Saturday.
These detainees consist of Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, the former transitional president; Colonel Moussa Tiegboro Camara, the former minister responsible for combating organised crime and grand banditry at the presidency; Blaise Gomou, a former member of the anti-drugs squad; and Commander Claude Pivi, the former minister responsible for presidential security.
Moussa Dadis Camara initially seized power on December 23, 2008, establishing himself as the leader of the military government. However, he relinquished power in January 2010 and subsequently went into exile abroad.
His return to Guinea in December 2021 was met with accusations of violently suppressing the protests that occurred in Conakry on September 28, 2009, resulting in the tragic loss of more than 150 lives and injuries to more than 1,000 people.
Moussa Dadis Camara, along with two other military officers, had been detained in the prison located in the Kaloum commune.