Guinea: Ex-leader Dadis Camara comes for burial

AP News
Posted: Apr 13, 2013 11:52 AM

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — Exiled former coup leader Moussa Dadis Camara arrived in Guinea Saturday in the southern town of Nzerekore to attend the funeral of his mother, Guinean officials confirmed.

Camara arrived on a flight from Burkina Faso, where he been living following an attempt to assassinate him in late 2009, said the governor of the Nzerekore region, Lancei Conde. Camara was accompanied by a military aide of Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaore, said local resident Souleymane Bah.

The burial of Camara's mother is scheduled for Sunday in Nzerekore.

Camara's visit to Guinea is controversial because of his association with the September 2009 massacre and gang rape of women in the stadium in the capital, Conakry. A peaceful rally against Camara, who had seized power in a military coup in 2008, was attacked by soldiers loyal to Camara and least 156 people were killed and others raped and brutalized others, according to human rights groups. The violence sparked an international outcry and calls for Camara to resign, including from United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Camara was shot in the head a few months later by a top aide, and went to Burkina Faso as part of a peace deal.

The former leader requested permission from the Guinean government to attend his mother's funeral.

Camara's visit has prompted calls for Guinean authorities to question the former leader about the stadium violence. The International Federation of Human Rights urged officials to take Camara in for interrogation on the stadium massacre.

Guinea's 10 million people are among the world's poorest, even though the country has resources of diamonds, gold, iron and half the world's reserves of the raw material used to make aluminum.