Guinea : president Alpha Condé, the subject of a complaint for corruption in France - The Point

A group of opponents to the government of guinea has confirmed to have filed a complaint on Tuesday 4 August in the morning in front of the Parquet national fin

Guinea : president Alpha Condé, the subject of a complaint for corruption in France - The Point

A group of opponents to the government of guinea has confirmed to have filed a complaint on Tuesday 4 August in the morning in front of the Parquet national financier (PNF) in Paris, France, against president Alpha Condé and several relatives for corruption, influence peddling and laundering of corruption. The information was confirmed by Jean-Baptiste Soufron, the lawyer of the group for the transition in Guinea (CTG) during a press conference. With this judicial action is initiated, the opposition intends to open a new front against the regime in Conakry and thus attacking the corruption, which is seen as the Achilles heel of the governance Condé.

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The legal system launched

" The complaint seeks a set of activities that have taken place since 2012-2013, a portion of which is in Paris, a party in Guinea, and who can be afraid of the facts of corruption to the advantage of Alpha Condé, his son Mohamed Conde, but also the minister of Defence Mohamed Diané ", he explained. At the heart of the folder of the complainants : a mining operation carried out by a French company. In fact, the CTG denounces links opaque between the power of Conakry and the French company, Alliance of responsible mining (ARM), established in 2015 by the French Romain Girbal to exploit bauxite in Guinea.

After graduating in 2017, a permit near Boké (West), AMR had transferred the deposit to a consortium of franco-sino-singapore for an amount of € 171 million, according to the complainants. "This company would have allowed its shareholders and investors to make very significant gains, all at a price that has, it seems, no link with the reality of the situation of this mine on the ground," said Me Soufron. "Some members of the government were relatives of the shareholders of the company. It is possible that members of this society have been involved in action potential of corruption as early as 2015, with the son of Mr. Condé ", he added.

In 2015, the PNF had opened an investigation into the funding of the lifestyle of Mohamed Condé during his visits to Paris. Requested by the AFP, the guinean government did not wish to respond. "This is pure slander, but in the case of defamation we will use our lawyers ", however, stated an official of the presidency. "At the approach of every important deadline, such as these presidential elections, we are the victims of blackmail," added the same source cited by the AFP.

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The opposition on all fronts

The party in power in Guinea has to choose its candidate for the October presidential during a convention on 5 and 6 August. Alpha Condé, 82 years old, continues to maintain ambiguity about his intentions. Convinced that he briguera his own succession, the opposition organized since October protests are often violently repressed, against a possible 3rd term of Condé. "This is the best time to hope that people wake up and discover the reality of the financial practices of this regime," said Tuesday, Ibrahim Sorel Keita, spokesman for the CTG.

last week, another complaint had been filed in France by the association of anti-corruption Sherpa against a member of Alpha Condé. It aims, in particular, of the facts of "corruption" and "traffic of influence" and concerns the payment by the anglo-australian mining group Rio Tinto, a commission of $ 10.5 million to a consultant for the conclusion of an agreement on a mining project. This consultant, ex-investment banker and French, was also an adviser to president Condé, had revealed in 2016 the site of the information online Mediapart.

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