CRIMES

U.N. Wants Charges in Guinea Massacre

A United Nations panel has recommended that Guinea’s military ruler and some of his officers should be sent to the International Criminal Court to face charges for a recent massacre of unarmed protesters. The attacks left 156 civilians dead or missing and 109 women raped, and amount to “crimes against humanity,” the panel’s 60-page report concluded. Soldiers barged into a carnival-like protest scene held in a stadium and opened fire at close range on the thousands of people gathered there. They then used “daggers, bayonets, bludgeons, and even catapults,” according to the report. Women were a particular target. The death toll may have been even higher, since victims were buried in a mass grave. The panel interviewed about 700 witnesses.