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Further information on UA 394/90 (AFR 29/01/90, 3 October) - Guinea: legal concern / torture: Bakary Karifa Sakho, Nansadi Berete, N'Vanfing Kourouma

, Índice: AFR 29/002/1991

EXTERNAL (for general distribution) AI Index: AFR 29/02/91
Distr: UA/SC
3 January 1991
Further information on UA 394/90 (AFR 29/01/90, 3 October 1990) - Legal
Concern/Torture
GUINEA: Bakary Karifa SAKHO, aged 50 from Lola, a member of parliament
under the late President Sékou Touré
Nansadi BERETE, aged 40, an engineer, sentenced to death in
1987 in absentia by the State Security Court
in connection with a coup attempt in July
1985; returned to Guinea following a
Presidential amnesty in February 1990 which
granted amnesty to those convicted of
political offences
N'Vanfing KOUROUMA, businessman, aged 45, member of
the Coordination Committee of
the Rassemblement du Peuple Guinéen (RPG),
the Guinean People's Organization
The three people named above who were detained in early August were tried on
23 November 1990 by the Tribunal de Conakry I (Conakry Court I) - and not,
as previously suggested, by the State Security Court. All three were charged
under Article 244 of the Penal Code with writing or distributing anonymous
publications and did not face any charge connected with the security of the
state, as appeared likely in October. The charge referred to documents
apparently found in Nansadi Bérété's possession at the time of his arrest and
which the others arrested with him were suspected of distributing. Nansadi
Bérété was additionally charged under Article 135 of the Penal Code for holding
false identity documents. All three were convicted on all counts and sentenced
to terms of imprisonment.
Bakary Sakho and N'Vanfing Kourouma were sentenced to three months' imprisonment
and the court ordered their release within seven days. They had already spent
three months in pre-trial custody. Both have been freed.
Nansadi Bérété was given an 18-month prison sentence for using false papers
and distributing anonymous leaflets. It is not clear what proportion of the
sentence was imposed for each offence. Inquiries will continue through a
different Amnesty International channel to investigate whether he is a prisoner
of conscience.
Please take no further action. Thank you to all those who sent appeals on
their behalf.

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