Guinea’s court to determine fate of former dictator Dadis Camara

The Guinean court hearing the trial of former dictator Moussa Dadis Camara and 11 others over a 2009 stadium massacre has announced a verdict date of July 31st.

The defendants face charges including murder, sexual violence, torture, abduction, and kidnapping stemming from a brutal crackdown on an opposition rally on September 28th, 2009. 

A UN commission documented at least 156 deaths and 109 rapes, though the true figures are believed to be higher.

Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases on Wednesday, prompting the judge to set the verdict date. 

Dadis Camara maintains his innocence, claiming a lack of involvement and accusing the prosecution of failing to provide evidence.

Prosecutors have requested life imprisonment for Camara and six others, citing crimes against humanity. 

The landmark trial has captivated the nation, with courtroom proceedings broadcast widely on Guinean media.

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