CONAKRY, Guinea – A human rights group says a notorious military commander in Guinea has been charged in connection with a 2009 massacre at a soccer stadium.
Col. Claude Pivi still maintains a loyal following within the army, leading to concerns he would not face prosecution. He is currently a minister in charge of presidential security.
Numerous witnesses reported having seen Pivi inside the national soccer stadium when soldiers mowed down pro-democracy activists. The shocking level of violence led to the unraveling of Guinea's military regime.
Thierno Diallo, a lawyer who works with a Guinean human rights group, said the fact that the judges charged Pivi on Thursday is just the start of a long process.