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Cameroon: Paul Biya orders for decongestion of prisons

Central view of the Kondengui prison (c) copyright

The Head of State Paul Biya has given firm instructions for the acceleration of judicial procedures and decongestion of prisons in the country, the Minister of Communication, Rene Emmanuel Sadi has said.

In a press briefing at the weekend, Rene Emmanuel Sadi said the Head of State has prescribed special measures so as to avoid a repeat of the July 22-23 prison riots in Kondengui and Buea that turned violent.

“In the face of these serious incidents perpetrated in an obviously sensitive prison environment, and with regard to
the recurring problem of prison overcrowding in Cameroon, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul BIYA, has ordered the Government to take all appropriate measures:  to speed-up ongoing judicial proceedings; to rigorously monitor the strengthening of disciplinary measures in all penitentiary institutions in the country; to strengthen and modernize the means of controlling and monitoring the prisoners; to decongest the various prisons with proven overcrowding; to strongly ban the entry and use of all tools and ingredients prohibited in prisons by the regulations in force,”the Minister said.

 


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