I BECAME a civil society activist in my country in early 2000 before joining the UFDG, the main opposition party. I was an executive member in charge of youth. I am committed to making democracy a reality in my country. Before my imprisonment, I was an accountant for a private company with a master’s degree in accounting from the Lansana Conté University in Conakry.
I was accused of the so-called “attack on President Alpha Condé’s home” and charged with violating state security, the illegal possession of arms, assault and murder. I was tried and sentenced to five years in prison with seizure of property. I appealed the judgement but it was denied. I served four and a half years in prison, and was granted a presidential pardon and released in 2015.
It all began the night of 17 and 18 July 2011, around 3 a.m. I was taken away by the police from my family home; they climbed over the fence and threatened to beat me up if I failed to cooperate. I was brought to their headquarters and handed over to the Judicial Intervention Brigade, who were instructed to torture me into confessing.
I was hung from a pole, beaten and tortured. My face was swollen, and handcuffs pressed into my flesh.
I was starved for two days. On the third day, the attack on the president’s residence took place. After two weeks of being detained illegally, I was transferred to the Conakry central house prison. That was when my family found out I was still alive. It was my very first time in prison.