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Cameroon: Court adjourns appeal hearing of Ambazonia leaders over language barrier

The Appeal Court of the Centre Region has adjouned the case of the ten detained separatist leaders to August 20 after they briefly appeared in court on Thursday, July 16.

Sissiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and nine others appeared in court but remained glued to their seats as the presiding judge, who spoke in French, called their names up.

Their lawyers immediately kicked against the court trying them in a “language they do not understand”. This forced the judge to adjourn the case to August 20 without even identifying the the separatist leaders.

The case came up at the Appeal Court today after it was adjourned on June 18 when the accused failed to show up.

The separatist leaders are trying to overturn a life sentence slammed on them by the Yaounde Military Tribunal in August 2019 after finding them guilty of charges amongst which were secession, terrorism and hostility against the fatherland.

Published on 28.04.2020

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