Guinea assassination bid - 16 charged

2011-08-02 22:24

Conakry - Sixteen people, including 10 soldiers, have been charged with attempted assassination for an attack on Guinean President Alpha Conde's home two weeks ago, a judicial source said on Tuesday.

Ten of the accused appeared in court on Monday in a suburb of Conakry, where they were charged and remanded in custody, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

They faced charges of "criminal association, threat to state security, murder of a member of the presidential guard and attempted assassination" of the head of state.

They were also accused of illegal possession of weapons and ammunition and destruction of goods and buildings.

Several of the accused are close allies of General Sekouba Konate, who led a transition government in 2010, including former army chief Nouhou Thiam and Konate's former aide de camp Sidiki Camara.

Six other accused were charged last week on Wednesday.

The sixteen are among 38 people arrested after rogue soldiers attacked Conde's home, hitting it with a rocket and killing one member of the presidential guard.

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