Former Guinean Junta Leader Apprehended Following Prison Escape, Confirms Defense Ministry

The former leader of Guinea's 2008 military junta, Moussa Dadis Camara, has been recaptured after his escape from prison on Saturday, according to an announcement by Guinea's Ministry of Defense.

Camara was freed from prison in Conakry by heavily armed individuals in the early hours of Saturday, along with three other high-ranking officers, as confirmed by Justice Minister Charles Wright.

The Ministry of Defense has reported that two of the three high-ranking officers, Moussa Tiegboro Camara and Blaise Gomou, have also been recaptured, while the third officer, Colonel Claude Pivi, remains at large.

The recaptured escapees are reported to be 'safe and sound' and have been returned to Maison Centrale de Conakry, a federal prison in Guinea's capital.

The Ministry of Defense stated, 'All security measures have been taken to find the last fugitive,' and urged citizens to continue with their daily routines.

Reports from local residents indicated that military vehicles and special forces were deployed in the streets of Conakry after gunshots were heard in the Kaloum administrative district, where Camara and others were held at the Central House prison. The escape occurred around 05:00 a.m. local time.

Camara and the others have been on trial since the previous year, facing charges related to orchestrating a stadium massacre and mass rape by Guinean security forces during a pro-democracy rally on September 28, 2009, resulting in the deaths of 150 people. Camara has denied responsibility, attributing the atrocities to rogue soldiers.

To prevent the escapees from leaving the country, Guinea has closed its borders.

Guinea is currently under the leadership of military leader Mamady Doumbouya, who assumed power in a 2021 coup. This development follows a series of military takeovers in West and Central Africa in recent years, with Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Chad, and Gabon also being governed by military officers.

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