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Guinea: The junta dismisses Colonel Mamadou Alpha Barry and 26 other soldiers

In Guinea, the ruling junta, led by Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, has decided to remove Colonel Mamadou Alpha Barry and 26 other soldiers from the national army. Mr Barry had been sentenced in 2020 to five years in prison for aggravated theft. His sentence was however reduced to four years in prison by the Court of Appeal.

 The former spokesman for the National Gendarmerie

According to the news websites Visionguinée and Mosaiqueguinée, the man was the former spokesperson of the national gendarmerie. The de-registration order was signed last month by Defence Minister Aboubacar Sidiki Camara. The document indicates that this sanction was taken after the verdicts of the military courts against the persons concerned and in the application of Article 37 of the General Statute of the Military.

Maitre Salifou Béavogui, Mr Barry’s lawyer, has already promised to challenge the decision to remove him from the list before the Administrative Chamber of the Supreme Court. For him, the conviction of his client is not final. “Today, there are only a few months left to obtain his release, on the one hand. On the other hand, the Supreme Court has not yet made a final decision on the appeal in cassation. It is true that the stay has been rejected, but the appeal has not yet been decided,” he said.

For the cancellation of the decree

The lawyer demands the cancellation of this striking-off order. The 26 other soldiers removed from the Guinean army were from the Gaoual Infantry Centre, the Peacekeeping Operations Training Centre (CEOMP), the Special Standby Commandos Battalion (BSCA), the Autonomous Airborne Troops Battalion (BATA), the Headquarters Battalion (BQC) and the High Command of the National Gendarmerie, among others.  No further details are available on what they are accused of.

Source: Culled from Seneweb

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