Monénembo on the lawsuits against Alpha Condé et Cie: “this is news that I welcome with caution” (interview)

Since the announcement by the prosecution against Alpha Condé and several of his leaders about the blood crimes committed during his administration described as tyrannical, reactions have come from everywhere.

The famous author Tierno Monénembo, who never stopped condemning these abuses committed during the late regime, said he saw this statement from the public prosecutor at the Conakry Court of Appeal with caution.

The author of Roman les Crapauds-Brousse, who has mastered contemporary events in Guinea, is far from fascinated by Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya’s actions.

The real name Thierno Saïdou Diallo, the recipient of the Grand Prix de la Francophonie in 2017, believes that the National Committee for Rally for Development should leave it to a constitutionally established government to take such steps.

Read instead! Alpha Condé and company will finally be prosecuted for blood crimes committed under his jurisdiction, according to the public prosecutor at the Conakry Court of Appeal, who issued the statement. Tell us how you react to this news?

Tierno Monenembo: it is a news which I receive with enthusiasm marked by caution. The Alpha Condé system stole billions of dollars and killed hundreds of Guineans. Guineans are impatiently waiting for this gang of criminals to be prosecuted for both economic crime and violent crimes. But there is a procedural problem, speaking as the judges. We live in an exceptional regime, a putschist regime. In principle, the power of Mamadi Doumbouya is illegal. It is tolerated simply because it got rid of the dictator Alpha Condé. But this tolerance only applies if our colonel confines himself to his role as leader of the transition. Its mission is to expedite current affairs and organize regular elections as soon as possible. Everything else he does is illegal. For me, of course, Kassory Fofana and his aides must be brought to justice, but by a constitutionally established government. And then everyone knows that the famous special forces are no strangers to the savage repression that Alpha Condé exercised against the people of Guinea. Mamadi Doumbouya is out of place in this case. We can not be judged and judged.

According to prosecutor Charles Wright, the organizers of the demonstrations may also be concerned, what do you think?

In principle, he is absolutely right. But if he investigates by going to the end of his reasoning, he will realize that the violence came from only one side, that of power. I know something about that. I personally participated in most of the demonstrations. Whether it was with the opposition parties or the FNDC, I never saw a single armed protester. Here and there, uncontrolled children had thrown stones to respond to heavy fire from police. Nothing else!

Until the threshold for the removal of Alpha Condé, the citizens no longer trusted the judges, in your opinion, would the Guinean judicial system be able to handle such a case, as estimated by Vincent Brengarth, one of the French lawyers from the FNDC?

It is all we want our poor country, that our justice finally reaches adulthood, that our judges can finally read the law with courage and professionalism without referring to the leader of the moment. Monsieur Charles Wright seems like a good judge to me. I already had the opportunity to say it in one of my columns. Alas, justice is not a matter of the individual, it is a matter of the system.

Political influence is another factor that can be feared in the eyes of many Guinean observers in dealing with this rather sensitive issue. Can we expect a facade attempt?

Of course ! In our indescribable Guinea, everything is facade, make-up and evasion. Our political life is a real circus. A bloody circus, unfortunately! They talk to us about justice, national attacks, state property recovery, it’s comedy, all that. Mamadi Doumbouya seeks to entertain the people in order to better establish its power. Guineans must not be fooled.

Interview by Hadja Kadé Barry

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