By Eric Tataw – Sunday March 10, 2019.
Cameroon’s Ambassador to the United States would probably be deported, a United States Secret Service Agent suggested to a group of persons who attended a court session in the United States capital of Washington District of Columbia (Washington DC) on Tuesday, February 19, 2019.
In a court document signed by John M. Cummings, Assistant United States Attorney with
The subpoena to testify before that US Grand Jury, National Telegraph gathered took place before the Grand Jury of US District Court for the District of Columbia on the Third Floor before Grand Jury #18-1 at 333 Constitution Avenue North West Washington DC 20001.
From the court document dated January 29, 2019, served to all of eight Cameroonians involved, inviting them to appear before and testify to the Grand Jury, the court states that they are appearing before the court as
According to some witnesses who appeared at a first court hearing on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, they presented evidence to the court including a videotape presented to the United States Secret Service. National Telegraph was told by another witness that other pieces of evidence were presented to officials.
On January 28, 2019, the Cameroon Ambassador to the US, Henri Etoundi Essomba had called police on some Cameroonians on the walkway of the Embassy at 2349 Massachusetts Ave Northwest Washington, D.C. 2008, accusing them of Unlawful Entry.
According to court records, another hearing against the Ambassador took place on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at the same venue. According to a National Telegraph reporter at the court, the Secret Service told the judge that since the Ambassador can’t be jailed because he enjoys immunity, he should be replaced.
The Ambassador is accused of Assault and Lies-Telling against some Cameroonians, eight (8) in number. National Telegraph gathered that the January 28, 2019 case in which the Cameroon Ambassador to the US, Henri Etoundi Essomba called police on the octad on the walkway of the Embassy at S Street Northwest which is at the back of the Embassy at 2329 Massachusetts Ave Northwest Washington, D.C. 2008, accusing them of Unlawful Entry has been thrown out by the court.
Our source went on that on the contrary, the Secret Service instead watched a video of the Ambassador hitting one of the accused persons, Koam Fabrice Kamdem who is a United States Citizen with residence in Florida, another US State and had just come to DC for a protest. This incident reports say emanated from a strike action called from Cameroon.
On Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the behest of Prof Maurice Kamto, the leader of Cameroon’s main opposition party, Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM), Cameroonians observed peaceful demonstrations in Douala, Yaoundé, Bafoussam and in other cities, denouncing what they term Electoral Holdup. Abroad, many Cameroonians who were protesting invaded Cameroon Embassies in France, Belgium, Britain,
In the US, others were planning a similar protest before the Ambassador hit Fabrice with a laptop and lied to the Secret Service that it was a case of Unlawful Entry before a video recorded by some of those involved instead showed the Ambassador was at fault. In the US, lying to an officer is a very serious crime and all US judges frown at it. Lying plus Assault would now see Henri Etoundi Essomba most likely ending his diplomatic stay in the US soonest.
Henri Etoundi Essomba officially took office on June 27, 2016, as Cameroon Ambassador to the US after the presentation of Letter of Accreditation to President Barack Obama at the Oval Office, White House. Etoundi Essomba served as Cameroon Ambassador to Israel for two decades before his appointment to the US by a presidential decree on Monday, April 11, 2016, replacing Joseph Charles Bienvenu Foe-Atangana.
Deporting the Ambassador would be another big blow to President Paul Biya whose regime is already almost ripped off by a political crisis in the French part and armed conflict in the two English-speaking regions where Anglophone militias are demanding a new country called Ambazonia.