Guinea Colonel Charged 2 Years After Massacre

Published February 10, 2012 8:45AM (EST)

CONAKRY, Guinea (AP) — A Guinean government official says a high-ranking military commander has been charged in connection with a massacre at a soccer stadium more than two years ago.

Col. Moussa Tiegboro Camara has been indicted on charges connected to the September 2009 shootings, according to Justice Ministry spokesman Ibrahima Beavogui.

Thousands of protesters had gathered at the stadium to protest the country's then-military ruler when presidential forces opened fire on a crowd and killed at least 157 people. Dozens of women were brutally raped.

Moussa Tiegboro Camara has been serving as the director of a government office tasked with fighting drug trafficking and serious crime. Human rights groups say he has not been taken into custody.

By Salon Staff

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