Bloombery, By Peter S. Green
Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) — The International Criminal Court is investigating possible war crimes in the African nation of Guinea after government troops allegedly shot as many as 135 people and sexually assaulted others during a pro-democracy demonstration last month.
Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the court’s prosecutor, confirmed he’s examining the situation in Guinea, his office said in an e- mailed statement today. Earlier today, the European Commission called for Moussa Dadis Camara, the leader ofGuinea’s ruling military junta, to step down and face trial for war crimes over the shootings.
Soldiers opened fire near the stadium in Conakry, capital of the west African nation, on Sept. 28 after demonstrations by opposition supporters over Camara’s intention to run in Jan. 31 presidential elections. Guinea’s opposition contends more than 200 people were killed and 150 women were raped by members of the military during the crackdown.