The trial concerning the alleged embezzlement of funds by Amadou Damaro Camara, the former president of the Guinean National Assembly during Alpha Condé’s presidency, has faced yet another postponement. Following the judicial recess, the trial, which resumed yesterday, had to be delayed until next week due to the absence of one of the state lawyers.
The court hearing originally scheduled for Thursday was unexpectedly postponed until October 9, primarily because one of the court’s assessors was absent. Maître Santiba Kouyaté, the attorney representing the former president of the Guinean parliament, assured the court that his client, who had previously been unable to testify due to health issues, was now ready to respond to the court’s inquiries. Kouyaté made it clear that his client had no intention of avoiding justice.
Amadou Damaro Camara, who faces charges of “embezzlement of public funds, illicit enrichment, and money laundering,” has been in custody since April 27, 2022. He has been summoned multiple times by the Court for the Repression of Economic and Financial Crimes but has consistently cited health reasons for his non-appearance.