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Cameroon: Justice delayed is justice denied – Agbor Nkongho

A hearing for the Habeas Corpus application of 13 Anglophones arrested on October 1 2017 took place today, Friday, November 28, in Buea, capital of the South West Region of Cameroon, at the High Court.

All 13 applicants had been granted bail by the Court of First Instance, Buea, but are still unlawfully detained. The legal department has failed to execute bail orders by the court, prompting a writ of Habeas Corpus.

The request for their immediate release was adjourned to December 5th for the final verdict by the President of the High Court.

Barrister Nkongho reveals a traumatizing story of Etoh Evelyne, a 21 year-old level 300 Law Student of University of Buea, which left a dozen lawyers in distress. On October 1st, she was at home cooking, while the military threw teargas into her residence, after inhaling the gas, she collapsed. Evelyne woke up, recovered and found herself in a police van, she is still currently detained unjustly.

Evelyne’s case is an example out of many, which highlights the gross human rights abuses, indiscriminate arrests and continuous detention of students, youths and aged persons.

In October, Amnesty International reported that at least 500 people remain detained in overcrowded detention facilities following mass arbitrary arrests in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon, and many wounded protestors fled hospitals to avoid arrest; a report which the Cameroon government dismissed. The Anglophone crisis has also displaced many out of and in the country.

 

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