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Court charges Guinea military colonel in massacre

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June 28, 2013 10:19 AM EST | AP


CONAKRY, Guinea — A human rights group says a notorious military commander in Guinea has been charged in connection with a 2009 massacre at a soccer stadium.

Col. Claude Pivi still maintains a loyal following within the army, leading to concerns he would not face prosecution. He is currently a minister in charge of presidential security.

Numerous witnesses reported having seen Pivi inside the national soccer stadium when soldiers mowed down pro-democracy activists. The shocking level of violence led to the unraveling of Guinea's military regime.

Thierno Diallo, a lawyer who works with a Guinean human rights group, said the fact that the judges charged Pivi on Thursday is just the start of a long process.