By Clauticlaire Zamba Zamba – Friday March 15, 2019.
Éric Dupond-Moretti, a French criminal defense lawyer, famous for his record numbers of acquittals in France and elsewhere is in Yaounde, Cameroon’s capital, National Telegraph has been told.
Dupond-Moretti, reports say landed at the Yaounde Nsimalen International Airport, Thursday March 14, 2019 as he’s constituting a strong defense for Prof Maurice Kamto’s trial.
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, National Telegraph learned.
Recently, on Thursday March 7, 2019, a habeas corpus (a writ requiring a person under arrest to be brought before a judge or into court, especially to secure the person’s release unless lawful grounds are shown for their detention) filed by Kamto’s lawyers was rejected.
Prof Maurice Kamto, 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 now standing trial.
Kamto competed in the Cameroon’s Presidential Elections and went on to declare he won. He later 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. 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.
Kamto was then arrested and charged with Rebellion, Sedition, Insurrection, Inciting Violence, Disruption of Public Peace, Complicity, Association with wrongdoers and Hostility against the nation.
Dupond-Moretti, who’s among a long list of International Lawyers defending Kamto is now in Yaounde and had said he would be dragging the Government of Cameroon to the International Court of Human Rights for serious abuses on his Kamto and others. His presence in Yaounde is already panicking the Biya Regime, National Telegraph has been hinted.