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ATTORNEY URGENT  ALERT

 

GUINEA

15th February 2009

An attorney in the country's appeals court,

 

Joachim Bilimou,

 

beaten

by soldiers

for failing to yield in traffic.

 

Lawyers in Guinea have gone on strike on 17th February to protest the beating of the lawyer,

 

 

Source : Kibarou.com

 

 

 

 Joachim Bilimou, an attorney in the country's appeals court, has cuts and bruises on his eyes, face and neck after he was stopped and beaten on 15th February afternoon by soldiers for failing to yield in traffic.

 

Lawyer Bilimou says he was driving on the freeway, when a military truck pulled up behind him and honked at him to get out of the way. When he didn't get out of the way fast enough, they forced him onto the shoulder, pulled him out of his car and beat him, he told The Associated Press by telephone on Thursday.

"They threw themselves on me, hitting me with their rifle butts ... I am wounded on my face and my neck. My right eye is swollen," Bilimou said.

 

Lawyers in Guinea have gone on strike to protest the beating of the lawyer, on 17 th Févruary  , shutting down the country's justice system to protest an assault on an attorney by members of the military. They are expected to return to work on 19th February , said Mohamed Keita, spokesman for a national association of Guinean attorneys.

 

 

The incident is one of several instances of military abuse reported in the two months since the army grabbed power in a Dec. 23 coup. Junior officers led by Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara launched the coup hours after the death of President Lansana Conte, the country's dictator who had ruled Guinea since 1984.

Although the coup was widely embraced in its early days after Camara promised to crack down on corruption, there are increasing reports of intimidation of civilians by members of the military. Numerous cases of public beatings have been reported, including several involving drivers who did not yield to military vehicles.

The National Council for Democracy and Development, or CNDD, which led the coup could not immediately be reached for comment. "Every day, the soldiers brutalize people ... They think they can do anything now that they are in power. They are acting in the name of the CNDD and of President Moussa Dadis. Civilians are no longer safe," said Amadou Diallo, a local businessman.

 

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