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Cameroon: 25 Anglophones released in Yaounde after Paul Biya’s pardon

Twenty five persons detained at the Kondengui prison in connection with the crisis in the North West and South West Regions were released on Friday.

All charges against them were dropped on Friday by the Yaounde Military Tribunal following a decision from the Head of State to pardon 333 persons standing trial before military courts in the country in connection to the crisis in the North West and South West Regions.

Droping the charges on Friday, the President of the President of the Yaounde Military Tribunal Colonel Abega Mbezoa Eko Eko told the now ex detainees that they have the Head of State to thank for this decision.

« I want to thank the Head of State for our release and I pray the government continues to do more for other persons who are still in jails, » Nkefouet Bertrand who spet just over 18 months in detention before his release said.

The Presidential pardon also came as a big relief to their lawyer, Barrister Banga Assam who also extended gratitude to the Head of State.

« I am happy and also impressed because I didn’t see this coming. I knew that I had to go to court again to plead but now I am so happy because I don’t to go through that stress again, »Barrister Banga said.

Published on 10.02.2021

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