09/10/2020 Un cartel electoral del presidente, Alpha Condé, en ConakryPOLITICA AFRICA GUINEA INTERNACIONALSADAK SOUICI / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO
09 / 10 / 2020 An electoral poster of the president, Alpha Condé, in Conakry AFRICA GUINEA INTERNATIONAL POLICY SADAK SOUICI / ZUMA PRESS / CONTACTOPHOTO (SADAK SOUICI / ZUMA PRESS / CONT /)


The European Union has asked the Government of Guinea to investigate without delay the death of the opposition Mamadou Oury Barry, who died on Saturday in Guinea’s largest prison, the Central House of the capital, Conakry, where he had been held in preventive detention since August for demonstrating against the controversial decision of the country’s president, Alpha Condé, to stand for a third term in the last elections in October.

Foreign spokeswoman Nabila Massrali has asked Guinea to “do justice based on an investigation independent “on the death not only of Barry, but of three other opponents who have died in custody in that prison.

” These repeated events highlight the dysfunctions of the penitentiary and judicial system of Guinea, “says Massrali, who laments the” difficult “conditions confinement in the center, overcrowded with 1. 500 prisoners when it only has the capacity to accommodate between 200 and 300, regrets in a statement.

“The conditions of Life, food and medical care are precarious. Therefore, the EU calls on the Guinean authorities to remedy this situation, “the spokeswoman asks, while recalling that” the right to a fair trial and to dignity of the detainees are part of the human rights that the EU firmly defends “.

Earlier this week, the Ministry of Justice of Guinea had explained that the death of Mamadou Oury Barry was linked to” a natural death related to intestinal obstruction and bioclinical anemia “, although he did not perform an autopsy on the body.

The leader of the opposition of Guinea and candidate in the last presidential elections, Cellou Dalein Diallo, for his part, he deplored “the careless death of Mamadou Oury Barry in the Central House where he had been arbitrarily detained since August 5. His death, he added,” thus broadens the list of victims of the blind repression of the liberticidal regime of Alpha Condé. ” .

The Constitutional Court of Guinea ratified on November 7 September the victory of Condé, who obtained the 59, 5 percent of the votes, according to the official results, for the 33, 5 percent collected by opposition leader Diallo, who declared himself the winner on 19 of October, ensuring that it had more than 50 percent of the ballots.

The elections were marked by an upsurge in tensions over Condé’s candidacy for a third term, prohibited by the Constitution – although the Constitutional Court validated it arguing that the amendments to the Magna Carta put to zero its counter -, which has sparked protests since October 2019 that have been repressed by the security forces.

The Executive estimated on November 5 in 20 the deaths in violent incidents since the elections were held . Condé came to power in 2010 after decades as an opposition leader under the dictatorship of Lansana Conté and, to qualify for a third term, the aforementioned constitutional amendment was approved in the middle of the opposition boycott.

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