Court convicts State to pay compensation to the relatives of 'Nino' Vieira

Nino Vieira was murdered in March of 2009

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has condemned Guinea-Bissau to pay compensation to the family of former President "Nino" Vieira, the Guinean Human Rights League said.

In a social media post, the Guinean League of Human Rights states that "on May 24, 2018, the ECOWAS Court of Justice condemned the State of Guinea-Bissau to pay a compensation of 40 million CFA francs [about 61,000 euros] to part of the family of the ill-fated João Bernardo 'Nino' Vieira."

Former Guinean President João Bernardo "Nino" Vieira was murdered on March 2, 2009, hours after the country's chief of staff, General Tagmé Na Waie, was killed in an explosion in the headquarters of the Guinea-Bissau military. To this day, no one has been convicted of the murder of the two men.

"Regardless of eventual errors or flaws in this process, it is a serious warning to the Guinean State about its responsibilities in the fight against impunity, " the League said.

In the publication, the non-governmental organization also says that it is "unacceptable" that nine years after the "macabre events," Guinean justice has not identified the "moral and material" actors.

At the end of December 2017, the Attorney General of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, Bacari Biai, filed the investigation procedure of the former President's assassination in accordance with a court order.

According to Bacari Biai, the case was closed because the Supreme Court of Justice (which also has functions of Constitutional Court) ordered that six years after the beginning of any investigation in the Public Ministry either there is an indictment or the process is filed.

In October 2017, the former wife of Nino Vieira, Nazaré Vieira, said in an interview that she had demanded a trial to explain the circumstances of her husband's death and that she had lodged a claim with the ECOWAS Court of Justice.