14 November 2012

Guinea: U.S. State Department on Murder of Guinea's Treasury Director

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON

Condemning the Murder of Treasury Director Ms. Aissatou Boiro

On November 9, Ministry of Finance Treasury Director Aissatou Boiro was murdered by unidentified gunmen in Conakry. We deplore this act and all forms of violence against public servants and innocent citizens. We extend our deepest condolences to Ms. Boiro's family and the people of Guinea.

Ms. Boiro was a strong advocate of transparency, accountability, and anti-corruption within the Ministry of Finance. Senior Guinean government officials have stated publicly that this was a targeted killing, and the Government of Guinea has pledged to make a full investigation.

We urge the Government of Guinea to investigate this heinous crime and hold accountable those responsible for Ms. Boiro's murder. The United States will continue to work with the Government of Guinea to combat corruption in all its forms.

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