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Guinea government warns of coup plot

Guinea government warns of coup plot

Guinea's military leaders have uncovered a plot to overthrow the government in the poor, unstable West African nation, state radio reported.
It reported that military ruler Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara put the army on high alert after learning of a planned attack from fighters in neighboring Guinea-Bissau and Liberia. It said the coup plot appears to be backlash from drug traffickers deposed by Camara when he seized power in December.
"Several well-informed sources have also indicated that these armed groups are on the payroll of drug cartels that were dismantled when the military government took power here," the radio statement said.
Camara seized power just hours after the death of longtime dictator Lansana Conte, a deeply corrupt ruler whose own son is believed to have been one of the country's top drug lords. Camara suspended the constitution, but has since launched an anti-corruption crackdown and publicly interrogated top officials of the former regime accused of drug trafficking and graft.
In June, 20 people, including the former chief of the armed forces and his son, were indicted on drug-related charges after Camara ordered an investigation.
Camara won support by promising to crack down on corruption, including the rampant cocaine trade, but his approach has been widely criticized as unfair.
New York-based Human Rights Watch said elite soldiers have taken advantage of the anti-corruption drive to rob, extort and beat intimidated civilians with impunity, a charge the junta has not answered.
Guinea _ like many poor countries on Africa's western coast _ has become a key transit point for Latin American cocaine headed to Europe.


Updated : 2021-10-24 02:55 GMT+08:00