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The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

The Target: Captain Moussa Dadis Camara

In a sensational crime that has gripped the world, an attempted jailbreak or kidnapping, depending on who you ask, took place in the West African nation of Guinea. The target was none other than the former president, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara.

The Reign of Terror

Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who ruled Guinea between December 2008 and January 2010, is accused of committing mass murder and crimes against humanity during his time in power. He has been in prison for about a year now, awaiting trial for his alleged crimes.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

Camara came to power in a coup and promptly suspended Guinea’s Constitution and banned political parties. However, on September 28th, 2009, an opposition rally took place. Thousands gathered to protest against military rule at a stadium in the capital, Conakry. What followed was a barbaric crackdown.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

The Dictator’s Crimes

Troops led by Camara’s Presidential Guard entered the stadium, firing point-blank at the unarmed protesters. People were stabbed and impaled with bayonets, hundreds of women were raped, men were tortured, and those who managed to flee the stadium were hunted down. Hundreds of survivors were then imprisoned without trial. It was a brutal crime against humanity allegedly overseen by the dictator Camara.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

The Attempted Jailbreak

On the night of Friday, November 3rd to Saturday, November 4th, 2023, unknown gunmen tried to break Camara out of prison. Several attackers besieged the prison where he was being held and, after a few hours, they succeeded in freeing him and 3 others.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

Major General Ibrahima Sory Bangoura, Chief of Guinean Armed Forces General Staff, stated, “On the night of Friday, the 3rd of November to Saturday, 4th November 2023, armed individuals caused a public disturbance by targeting Central Prison and provoked the escape of certain detainees linked to the painful events of 20th September 2009.”.The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

4 imprisoned members of Guinea’s military were freed: Camara and three others. They were all involved in one of the worst massacres during Camara’s reign, the murder of at least 150 people on September 28th, 2009.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

The Manhunt and Recapture

The gunmen managed to get Camara out, but the next part was the difficult one. Their escape routes were blocked off. Guinea’s current rulers shut routes in and out of the capital. Police and the military began a manhunt and succeeded in recapturing the former dictator within a few hours.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

Major General Ibrahima Sory Bangoura, Chief of Guinean Armed Forces General Staff, confirmed, “The defense and security forces have put an end to the escape of Captain Moussa Thiegboro Camara, Claude Pivi and Blaise Goumou. All are safe and sound and have been returned to prison in Conakry”.

The Aftermath

Guinean authorities want to charge Camara with escaping jail and weapons possession, but the dictator’s lawyer has denied these accusations. The lawyer claimed Camara didn’t try to escape but was abducted. That’s the defense they’re going with.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

So far, no details have been revealed about the abductors. Guinea says that Camara is back in the same prison he escaped from and that he’s being questioned, but there’s no indication that his trial will be sped up in light of this incident.

The Quest for Justice

This incident puts Guinea’s quest for justice at risk. Camara had fled Guinea in 2010 after an assassination attempt. He was living in exile in the country of Burkina Faso until a year ago, but then he returned to Guinea after another military coup hit the nation.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

Guinea’s new military junta, however, ordered him to stand trial, which gave Guinea’s 14-year quest for justice a shot in the arm. But this incident proves that there’s no guarantee that Camara will actually pay for his crimes.

The Attempted Jailbreak of an Imprisoned Dictator | Moussa Dadis Camara.

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