Cameroon’s Detained Kamto Moved To GSO, Faces Death Penalty Charge, 7 Others.

By Eric Tataw – Thursday January 31, 2019.


Maurice Kamto, President of CRM in glasses has challenged President Paul Biya that he won the just-ended Presidential Elections.

Prof Maurice Kamto, Chair of Cameroon’s main opposition political party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) has been officially charged on eight (8) counts including facing a death penalty, the party’s third Vice President, who’s also the party’s Advocate, Barrister Emmanuel Simh told National Telegraph late Thursday, January 31, 2019.

Simh said Kamto was transferred from the Judicial Police Headquarters in Elig-Essono in the nation’s capital, Yaoundé where he was initially held to the Special Operation Unit of the Police, GSO at Carrefour Mvan still in Yaoundé, before he was interrogated and charged on eight (8) counts, Wednesday, January 30, 2019.

Maurice Kamto has been charged with Rebellion, Sedition, Insurrection, Inciting Violence, Disruption of Public Peace, Complicity, Association with wrongdoers and Hostility against the nation, Simh told National Telegraph’s Eric Tataw on phone from the country’s capital, Yaoundé, adding that the charge on Hostility against the Nation is tantamount to Death Sentence.

The accusations have however been condemned by Kamto’s college of lawyers amongst whom are Barristers Silvain Soup and Emmanuel Simh, who say an arrested person cannot be charged before his court appearance. Amnesty International had called on the authorities to “immediately and unconditionally release detained protesters. No one should face arrest simply for speaking out”, a statement from Amnesty International said.

Albert Nzongang, Kamto’s closest party aide, also detained at the Special Operation Unit of the Police in Yaoundé, has been interrogated. Another close aide of Kamto, former Special Adviser to President Paul Biya, Christian Penda Ekoka said to be detained at State Secretariat in charge of Defense is also facing charges.

The Defense Counsel of Maurice Kamto and Co, led by Barristers Silvain Soup and Emmanuel Simh say they are building up a strong case against the illegal arrest of Kamto and two hundred (200) other Cameroon Renaissance Movement Party supporters arrested in connection with peaceful protests.

The college of lawyers also decried what they qualify as deplorable detention conditions of the 200 arrested CRM party supporters. According to Barrister Emmanuel Simh, family members have been refused access to their detained loved ones and the detainees, including women, have not been allowed to change their dresses. The legal minds qualify this as a gross violation of fundamental Human Rights.

In a press Conference in Yaoundé after Kamto’s interrogation, the party revealed a total of 200 party supporters and sympathizers arrested in towns and cities like Douala, Yaoundé, Bafoussam, Dchang, Mbouda during the nationwide peaceful protest of Saturday, January 26, 2019, are detained in Yaoundé under deplorable conditions.

The party’s spokesperson, Olivier Bibou Nissack, said the Cameroon Renaissance Movement isn’t responsible for Cameroon embassies in some European countries on the day of the peaceful protest. On Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the behest of Kamto, Cameroonians observed peaceful demonstrations in Douala, Yaoundé, Bafoussam and in other cities.

A mammoth crowd attended the protest, denouncing what they term Electoral Holdup. Abroad, many Cameroonians who were protesting invaded Cameroon Embassies in France, Belgium, Britain, and Germany causing material damages. In Cameroon, several protesters were reportedly shot by police, including Michele Ndoki, a famous female lawyer.

Prof Maurice Kamato, his closest party aides and allies, Christian Penda Ekoka, Albert Dzongang and, several other party activists were arrested at about 9:30 PM, Monday, January 28, 2019, at Albert Dzongang’s Residence situated at Mobile Guinness neighborhood, of Douala III Sub-division, Wouri Division in Cameroon’s Littoral Region before they were ferried to Yaoundé where they’re expected to stand trial.

About ten lawyers in Cameroon have mobilized to defend the 200 detainees, but it is not certain when they will appear in court for the first hearing. The CRM party has vowed to continue with a planned peaceful demonstration on February 2 and 9. The October 7 Elections through which incumbent, Paul Biya was proclaimed the winner has been highly contested.

Kamto had challenged the results at the country’s Constitutional Council where the Council’s ruling was considered by many Cameroonians as jaundiced. Kamto believes the Electoral Commission imputed figures to favour the incumbent especially as elections were boycotted in the North West and South West Regions buried in an armed conflict. Others have accused Biya 85, in power since 1982 for desperately holding to power. 

One comment

  1. I’m laughing to death.

    Scared criminals in Yaounde trying to scare fearless people.

    Biya the Laughingstock at it again.

    The stage is been set, Biya will crumble like Mobutu Sese Seko.

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