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09CONAKRY98 2009-02-11 09:24:00 SECRET Embassy Conakry
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HIGH-CRIMES MINISTER OUTLINES HIS MISSION

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E.O. 12958: DECL: 02/09/2019
TAGS: ASEC PGOV PREL GV
SUBJECT: HIGH-CRIMES MINISTER OUTLINES HIS MISSION

REF: CONAKRY 070

Classified By: ECONOFF T. SCOTT BROWN FOR REASONS 1.4 (B) AND (D)



1. (S) On 7 February, RSO met with Captain Moussa Diakoro
Camara, the State Secretary of the Ministry of High Crimes
and Anti-Drug Enforcement. Moussa Dadis Camara, the
President of the National Council for Democracy and
Development (CNDD), recently created the ministry by
splitting several departments that have reported directly to
the Minister of Security in previous governments. The
meeting took place at the ministry,s downtown headquarters
at the former Embassy of Cuba, which the CNDD recently
expropriated from Areeba, a local telecom company. Diakoro
Camara wore a military uniform with a blue plastic nametag
that bore Chinese characters. Econoff accompanied RSO as
note taker and interpreter.



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A NEW MINISTRY - A SPECIFIC MISSION


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2. (S) When asked about the ministry,s development and its
relationship with the Ministry of Security, Diakoro Camara
stated the ministry is tasked with four main investigations:
(1) trafficking in narcotics, (2) trafficking in persons and
children, (3) large-scale armed banditry, and (4) money
laundering. As these were the same four items that
President Dadis Camara earlier declared punishable by death
"by any member of Guinea's security forces" (reftel), RSO
asked Diakoro Camara how the declaration would be implemented
by his Ministry, and if he currently commands the security
personnel mentioned in the president's pronouncement.
Remaining vague, Diakoro Camara simply stated that everyone
is covered under the declaration, as the president's effort
is a truly national program. He did not state how the
declaration would be implemented, but added: "The President
would arrest his own wife if he caught her involved in
drugs."



3. (S) The State Secretary stated that his ministry has taken
control of the Guinea Anti-Drug Police (OCAD), but that he
does not manage lesser crimes, such as sexual assaults,
theft, and murder. He did not provide specifics on how many
personnel report to him; however, he said that the ministry
is in need of help from the international community and would
accept any assistance the USG could provide. On that note,
he asked for DEA agents to embed within his ministry and
recalled a conversation between Prime Minister Komara and DCM
that the Embassy is exploring this option. (NOTE: DCM and PM
dicussed a possible and unrelated assessment visit to Guinea
by DEA. However, DCM made clear that closer cooperation
would have to wait until the suspention of U.S. assistance is
lifted. END NOTE.) In a separate telephone call after the
meeting, Diakoro Camara's deputy affirmed that the president
had approved DEA support of the ministry.



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COMMENT


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4. (S) On the surface, the new ministry appears to respond
directly to the international community's request to
intensify anti-drug and anti-trafficking efforts, and the
Guinean people's desire for increased security. However,
many observers note that these demands offer a convenient
pretext for the president to strip power from the Minister of
Security, General Toto Camara. Toto Camara is not only seen
as a rival to Dadis, but also someone whom Dadis cannot
effectively control, since the general often makes spot
decisions without consulting the CNDD. Throughout the
meeting, Diakoro Camara consistently deferred almost every
question to the president. END COMMENT.
RASPOLIC