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Guinea: President pardons 171 convicts and opposition leader

Guinea: President pardons 171 convicts and opposition leader


Guinean President, Alpha Condé pardoned on Thursday 25 December 2015, 171 prisoners, who were convicted, including an opposition leader who plotted to assassinate the Head of State.

The opposition leader was among those listed who’s sentences were partially or totally revoked by a presidential decree.

Mamadou Oury Bah, currently living in exile in France, and five other people were found guilty of the alleged attempt to assassinate the President in 2011 and were sentenced to life imprisonment.

Bah Oury was among the founders of the Union of Democratic Forces of Guinea (UDFG) which is currently led by Cellou Dalein Diallo, last October’s presidential elections candidate.

In an attempt to ease tensions between the two, Condé met with Bah in Paris following his re-election.

Following a crippling commodities crash and Ebola epidemic in the country, Condé is attempting to unite his country and revive the economy of Africa,s biggest bauxite producer.