The leaders of the National Front for the Defense of the Constitution had recovered their freedom following an appeal on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at Conakry Court of Appeal. Already, the defense lawyers who had pleaded in this direction were joined by the prosecutor.
Abdourahamane Sano, Ibrahima Diallo, Sékou Koundouno, Alpha Soumah (aka Bill de Sam), Baïlo Barry, Aly Cheickna Badra Koné, Elie Kamano, Ibrahima Keita, Abdoulaye Sylla and Abdoulaye Bangoura had joined their families after one month two weeks of imprisonment.
“We proved that our clients had never committed an offense, so we asked for their release and this is what the court followed.On December 5, we will come back to end up the file”.said Maitre Beavogui, one of the lawyers.
The wife of one of the relased hopes that nobody never will be worried again for exercising a constitutional right. “we hope that the court of appeal will go until the end, explains Mrs. Barry Harissatou Diallo. It is a feeling of joy and hope that we never see this in this country because we have the right to protest as long as it is in the rules of the Constitution”.
First of all it is important to recall that they were arrested in the private home of Abdouahmane Sanoh the National Coordinator of the FNDC, on the morning of Saturday, October 12, while the leaders were preparing to lead a press conference on the very first street demonstration against the will of the President Alpha Conde to change the Guinean constitution that could eventually lead to a third term for President Alpha Condé. . But these arrests galvanized citizens who held big demonstrations on October 14th , 15th ,16th in the streets of the capital, Conakry, and many towns in the interior to show their support for the ideals of the FNDC. During these 3 days demonstration 13 had been shot and killed by police and gendarmerie.
After a trial at Kaloum and Mafanco Courts, the 10 leaders of the Front were sentenced to terms of imprisonment from six months to one year.
The return of these leaders within the National Front for the defense of the Constitution, pending the next hearing scheduled for December 5, will give a new impetus to the protests against a constitutional change that would favor a third term for President Alpha Condé.
Mamadou Saliou Diallo