Retired employee of US Embassy arrested in Guinea

AP News
Posted: Nov 29, 2009 8:25 PM

The wife of Mouctar Diallo, a former employee of the U.S. Embassy, says her husband was arrested by Guinea's ruling junta.

Djenabou Diallo says her husband was arrested last Thursday and is being held inside the capital's main military barracks for having criticized the junta in a radio interview. His arrest was confirmed by Thierno Sow, who heads a top Guinean human rights organization.

Diallo, a Guinean national, was a longtime employee of the U.S. Embassy in Conakry. After he retired, he became the head of a human rights group. He and his family had recently received permission to immigrate to the U.S.

Junta spokesman Idrissa Cherif said he is not aware of whether or not Diallo was arrested.