The Former Director General of State owned media, Cameroon Radio Television, CRTV Amadou Vamoulke has sent an Ave Laurentius, moriturus te salutat to Cameroon’s Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Laurent Esso.
In an open letter to the Minister that has gone viral, the journalist says three of his cellmates have tested positive for the deadly Coronavirus pandemic, with one having 40% of his lungs completely damaged.
Given his old age (71) and already poor health condition, Amadou Vamoulke says he risks death if infected.
He denounces his “illegal detention” and absence of due process ever since he was arrested in 2016.
The journalist is accused of having misused State funds for personal enrichment, an argument he refutes, indicating the money was used for the benefit of the State media which he ran from 2005 until his arrest.
Amadou Vamoulke says it took him some time to come to terms with the fact that Justice Minister Laurent Esso had “declared war on him” without any meaningful reason.
He concludes that he is well aware his open letter could lead him to a more “inhuman” place for detention but indicates it matters less to him, given that without having embezzled anything, he has already spent 1708 days in arbitrary detention.
The former CRTV DG has several chronic ailments including a neurological condition described as “severe” by two neurologists who have examined him or seen his medical file and who agree that he needs medevacking for treatment abroad according to Reporters Without Borders.
On his case, the court has so far held a record of 64 hearings without getting any closer to reaching a verdict.