Guinea: death of a Guinean academic in France following an assault - RFI
An investigation was opened in France after the death of a Guinean academic. The Guinean ambassador to France deplored the death of the young compatriot,
By RFIPalled on 21-07-2019Modified on 21-07-2019 at 18:27
An investigation was opened in France after the death of a Guinean academic. The Guinean ambassador to France lamented the death of the young compatriot, who died on Saturday, July 20, after being assaulted near Rouen. According to several Guinean media, Mamoudou Barry was the victim of racist aggression, a thesis that was not confirmed by the French police.
Mamoudou Barry, a 31-year-old researcher and teacher, was violently beaten after a verbal altercation on the street Friday night. He was transported to a coma at the hospital where he died twenty-four hours later. His attacker is still on the run.
" Everything is done to identify and challenge the author of the attack (...). It will be up to Justice to shed light on this heinous act , "wrote on his Twitter the French Minister of the Interior, Christophe Castaner.
Everything is done to identify and challenge the author of the attack that cost #MamadouBarry's life.
It will be up to Justice to shed light on this heinous act.
My first thoughts are with his loved ones whose emotion and indignation I share.
Joined by RFI, Amara Camara, Guinea's ambassador to France, expresses her strong emotions.
" It's really a drama. He was a very brilliant young compatriot who had just defended his thesis with honorable mention and unfortunately he had to be at the wrong time, in the wrong place. He was at a bus stop, according to the information I have. He waited quietly, was verbally abused and then physically. He fell on the back of the neck causing hemorrhage. It went wrong, that's it. It's the emotion that strangles me because for his family and friends, it's really dramatic, "said the ambassador.
" I think we need to trust the police and justice so that all the light can be shed, if only to keep the family at the end of the story and we ourselves be reassured that 'No community, no race was particularly targeted, it's an incident or an accident that happened between two individuals at a given time which unfortunately has a bad end ,' he continued.
I think we need to trust the police and justice so that all the light can be shed, if only for the family to have the final word of the story and for us to be reassured that no community, no race was particularly targeted.
21-07-2019 - By Alexandra Brangeon
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