Conakry – Guinea’s military leaders have launched an investigation into former officials to recover allegedly stolen state assets, five months after a coup toppled president Alpha Conde who ruled for a decade.
Former officials including ex-prime ministers Cellou Dalein Diallo and Sidya Toure, alongside former transitional president Sekouba Konate, are named in the probe, according to a prosecution document seen by AFP Tuesday.
Some 40 people are under investigation for an array of offences including mortgaging the same property to two or more people and forgery linked to the property market, the document said.
In response to the probe, Guinea’s main coalition of political and civilian movements, including the parties of the two former prime ministers, called on the junta to publish a list of its members in the interests of “transparency”.
In addition to former PMs Diallo and Toure, former head of government Lansana Kouyate, three former ministers and a party leader were summoned Monday under investigation, their spokesman Diallo said.
They handed themselves in at a military camp, Diallo told journalists.
“All the political leaders are on board with efforts to recover state assets, but ask that their cases be guided by justice. They want to avoid private citizens who have acquired land and buildings… being unjustly and arbitrarily humiliated,” he said.
Colonel Mamady Doumbouya, who led the coup and has since been sworn in as president, vowed that there would be no “witch hunt”.
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