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Guinean ex-dictator recaptured after escaping from prison

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Former Guinean dictator Moussa Dadis Camara who on Saturday was taken from prison by a heavily armed commando during an operation that sparked heavy gunfire in the capital Conakry, has been recaptured.

Authorities in Guinea earlier today said that gunmen stormed the main prison in Guinea’s capital and freed the former strongman and several others.

However, an attorney for Camara said late Saturday afternoon that her client was back at the central jail, where he was being interrogated.

“My client has not escaped; he has been abducted,” Jacomey Haba told The Associated Press.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Prosecutor Yamoussa Conte said he has ordered authorities to investigate charges of escaping jail and weapons possession against Camara and three other individuals.

Among the others who escaped were Claude Pivi and Blaise Goumou, who along with Camara had been detained on charges in connection with a 2009 stadium massacre that left 157 people dead.

 

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