By Eric Tataw – Wednesday February 20, 2019.
Justice Ayah Paul Abine, one of the lawyers entering an appearance on the court case of Anglophone pro-independence leader has been briefed on a special file from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, a source inside the military court in Yaoundé, Cameroon’s capital where the trail is due to start has told National Telegraph.
“Justice Ayah Paul Abine is being briefed by Barrister Ndong Christopher on the refugees’ documents to prove Anglophone leaders have denounced their Cameroonian Nationalities”, our source said, Wednesday, February 20, 2019.
National Telegraph has also gathered many lawyers are already in court including Senior Barrister Etta Bessong, a renowned Cameroonian Lawyer. TV sets and other gadgets have been installed in the court hall, another source hinted.
Hon Abdul Oroh is a Nigerian Lawyer made a special trip to Yaoundé, carrying documents from the United Nations High Commission for Refugees showing Pro-Independence leaders are refugees at the time of their arrests in Nigeria and repatriation to Cameroon.
Barrister Oroh attended his second court session at the Yaoundé Military Court, Thursday, February 7, 2019, and opined that Cameroon is instead the one standing trial.
The accused persons Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and nine other Southern Cameroonian leaders abducted in Nigeria a year ago, were to show proof that they were refugees and asylum seekers in Nigeria. A source has now confirmed the special file from the UNHCR carrying the proofs has been reviewed by Ayah.
The leaders are facing terrorism-related charges. Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and nine others were arrested in Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon under circumstances that have been considered illegal.
President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia as he is now being called is being held at the Kondengui Principal Prison in Yaoundé where he and other close aides are facing charges of Terrorism, amongst others.
Armed groups have emerged battling with pro-regime soldiers as they aim to uphold the creation of a new country; Ambazonia. Ambazonia is an outlawed country in which the majority of its residents; the English-speaking regions are seeking to create.
The Biya administration has blamed the insurgency on Sisiku and others. The last proceeding was witnessed by diplomats from the US, Belgium, UK and Nigerian Missions, and representatives of the African Union and European Union.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius was leading the Independence Movement in Nigeria before he was arrested from Abuja with nine of his comrades and extradited to Cameroon. As at the time of this report, today’s session was yet to start, National Telegraph gathered.