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Cameroon:over 50 Anglophone detainees appear before Yaounde military court

Over 50 Anglophones were present at the Yaounde military court on Friday October 19 for hearing but most of the cases were adjourned because lawyers failed to show up after exertions at the Constitutional Council.

Just one lawyer (Me-eh Walise Kum) turrned up for the defense Counsel as well as one (Mangoua Duclair) for the Gov’t bench.

Other  cases were equally postponed because most of the Anglophone detainees did not have lawyers-close to twenty of them.

It was the 49th appearance for Ngalim Felix who is the longest -serving anglophone detainee since the crisis started. He was arrested in Bamenda in 2016 and transferred to Yaounde where he has been detained. The gov’t bench has since failed to produce witnesses to testify against him since the case started. He has vowed not to return to court if he is not transferred and tried in Bamenda.

As concerns those arrested in Wum, the health situation of one of them, Nasser Fontoh, is gradually failing as he keeps collapsing in jail. This prompted Barrister Me-eh Walise to plead a habeas Corpus today for the detainee to be released in order to get proper treatment as recommended by doctors of the Yaounde Central prison. Despite a strong opposition to the motion by the gov’t bench who argued the detainee can still be treated at the Kondengui health facility, the judge, Tang Ruben adjourned the matter to November 16 when he will give a ruling. Meanwhile one of the Wum detainee Fung Achuo has been acquitted and discharged while two minors have been transferred to Wum after the Yaounde military court declared itself incompetent to judge them. The rest remain in Kondengui.

List of Anglophone detainees who appeared before Yaounde military court on 19 October 2018

1-Fotabong Patrice Awoung, charged with hostility against the Fatherland, terrorism, falsifying documents

(case adjourned to November 16)

2-Ngalim Felix Safeh, Acts of terrorism, insurrection, attempt to murder, group rebellion, destruction of public property                              (case postponed to November 16)

3-Esono Wa-Kemba Nganya -Acts of terrorism, attempt to wage civil war, hostility against the Fatherland, Secession, insurrection.

Refused to leave his Kondengui cell to appear before military court (case adjourned to November 16)

4-Suh Funwie Paul Vincent-Acts of terrorism, revolution, hostilities against the Fatherland, destruction of public property

Refused to leave his Kondengui cell to appear in court (case adjourned to November 16)

5-Ngwa Kingsley Njimbo,  6- Vincent Bosi Songwi

Both accused of acts of terrorism,  rebellion, secession, revolution, hostility against the Fatherland, insurrection, threatening civilians

(Case adjourned to November 16 for failure of defense counsel to show up).

7-Norbert Kuoweh Esua

( Case adjourned to November 16, failure of the defense counsel to show up.

8-Nuyith Hycenth, 9-Lon Isaac Chung, 10-Wirngo Casimu Shinyuy, 11-Shey Djobati Bertrand

(Case adjourned to November 16 after Nuyith Hycenth’s lawyers failed to show up. The other three still do not have a lawyer and the judged has charged the state counsel to get them a lawyer before the next hearing)

12-Njong Ernest Che,  13-Muka Kelvin Njek

(Case adjourned to November 16 after defense Counsel failed to show up)

14-Wirba Didymus Nsoeseka

(Case adjourned to November 16 as Judge tasks state Counsel to get a lawyer for the accused before the next hearing). However, Barrister Me-eh Wallis who was in the court room opted to offer legal assistance pro bono.

15-Che Chi Joseph,

(Case adjourned to November 16 after defense counsel Barrister Ben Muna failed to show up.)

16-Tiopi Divine alias Jackson

(Case adjourned to November 16 as Judge tasks state Counsel to get a lawyer for the accused before the next hearing).Barrister Me-eh Wallis once again opted to offer legal assistance pro bono.

17-Akembong Divine Mfuh

(Case adjourned to November 16 at the request to Government bench to better constitute their file)

18-Kingsley Lekkunze Kebou

(Case adjourned to November 16 at the request to Government bench to better constitute their file)

19-Abang Ramsey Jafara, 20-Foncham Valdo Nyongbela, 21-Tanko Joel Nyongbela

(Case adjourned to November 16 at the request to Government bench to better constitute their file)

22-Divine Yuyum Dzekem, 23- Tanwum Ketchnawah Sylva

(Adjourned to November 16 after accused refused to leave their Kondengui cells)

24-Dasi Alfred Ngayah alias sniper alias eagle, 25-Fuh Luther Che, 26-Ngwa Louis Moyonga alias Smoke, 27-Martha Fomunyoh

(case adjourned to November 16 as defence counsel Barrister Mbah Ndam failed to show up)

28-Asah Patrick Ndangoh, 29-Fabiaano Vishiwgho Nouanwoh, 30-Kwalar Malvin Nkfunko

(case adjourned to November 16 as defence counsel Barrister Ben Muna failed to show up)

31-Germaine Dzinjoh alias Fearless stress

(Case potponed at the request of the gov’t bench)

32-Soh Gabriel, Mfam Ivo, 33-Chi Emmanuel, 34-Che Noel Wangang, 35-Yuka Edward Biradzem, 36-Akuma Desmond Nkwenty, 37-Bah Paulinus, 38-Tsibih Nabessong Owen Smith, 39-Finela Platini Lendzemo, 40-Yuven Cyril Berinyuy, 41-Tsibi Tse Clearance Hills

(Case adjourned to November 16 as the accused still do not have a lawyer, Judge tasks state counsel to get them a lawyer before next hearing.)

Those arrested in the Wum Army camp saga

42-Akame Nko’o Pierre Gaetan (soldier who sparked the trouble)

43-Kwala Dze Quinta, 44-Afuh Javes Ngourou, 45-Njuh Kingsley Kelly, 46-Abang Modest mih, 47-Nasser Fontoh, 48-Ngong Solos Wllang, 49-Tsu Itie Franck, 50-Kum Gerald Chou, 51-Kangsen Nestor Mbah, 52-Fung Marcel Mih, 53-Ewih Alain Meeh, 54-Lumbah Bruno Nkemta, 55-Ngong Canisius Yoh, 56-Tibi Vincent Tebug alias Ojong, 57-Achuo Emmanuel

(Case adjourned to November 16 as defense counsel fails to show up)

 

 

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