By Eric Tataw – Thursday January 31, 2019.
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
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
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
In a press Conference in Yaoundé after
The party’s spokesperson, Olivier Bibou
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,
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. O