Guinean soldier wanted for stadium massacre to be extradited

Guinean soldier wanted for stadium massacre to be extradited

A Senegalese court has approved the extradition of a Guinean coup leader, Aboubacar Sidiki Diakite, wanted in his native country for the 2009 massacre of at least 150 people.

Diakite was arrested in Senegal last month.

The UN said 157 people were killed and at least 109 women raped at an opposition gathering at a stadium in Conakry, the Guinean capital.

Witnesses reported presidential guards firing into the crowd, beating and arresting opposition leaders, and raping dozens of women.

“We are now awaiting the president’s extradition order to file an appeal before the Supreme Court for abuse of power,” Diakite’s lawyer Baba Diop said.

Diakite is saying he is fearing for his life and safety if extradited but the final decision under Senegalese laws lies with its president, Macky Sall.

Diakite attempted to assassinate coup leader Dadis Camara after a dispute over responsibility for the massacre. Camara has since lived in Ouagadougou, the Burkinabe capital.

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