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Cameroon’s President releases opposition leader from jail

Detained Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto was released on Saturday after the country’s President, Paul Biya  ordered for charges to be dropped against members of political parties standing trial before military courts.

Maurice Kamto who had been in detention since January 26 following post electoral protests was in no mood to offer a word after the Judge of the Military Court in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde read out the notice dropping all the charges.

However, one of his lawyers Simh Emmanuel describe their release as a victory for his client whom he said will continue to fight for justice to prevail in the country.

« Kamto and all his supporters committed no crime in the first place and were not supposed to be jailed for exercising their constitutional rights by protesting, » Emmanuel Simh said.

« (Kamto’s) release only adds to our determination for political change in Cameroon and they have always kept this determination even in jail, »he added.

In total, charges were dropped against 102 persons who were facing trial before the military court in Yaounde.

Most of them, supporters of Kamto’s  party-the Cameroon Renaissance Movement- were arrested after street protests in support of their leader who claimed to have won the Presidential election held on October 7, last year.

Dropping the charges on Friday, Cameroon’s President said the move was in line with moves taken recently to seek lasting solutions to the country’s multiple crises.

Paul Biya who has been in power since 1982 took the decision just hours after the end of a week-long dialogue to resolve the country’s separatist crisis in the Anglophone Regions of the country.

mm Published on 01.08.2022

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