Cameroon: Detained Ambazonia Leaders Return To Court, Lawyers Say Their Health Is Deteriorating
By Marbel T.
Detained leaders of the Ambazonia separatist movement will return to the Yaoundé Military court today August 19, 2019.
Arrested in Nigeria’s Nera Hotel and brought to Cameroon, Ambazonian leaders have been to court several times as the case keeps suffering an adjournment.
In the last session, lawyers of the detained led a “walk out” to protest attempts by the panel of judges to charge their clients despite ongoing appeals at higher jurisdictions.
On several occasions, the Cameroon media has reported the deteriorating health condition of some of these detainees. In an early media outing, Barrister Amungwa Nicodemus Tanyi, Head of Communications of the Ambazonian leaders defense team said some accused persons are struggling with health challenges.
“One of the accused, Prof Awasum Augustine is said to have sought leave of court and presented the deteriorating health situation of the Accused Persons especially Dr NDE CHE Fidelis, TASSANG Wilfred and also Barrister EYAMBE Elias EBAI who had even paid sum of 150,000 frs but was still to be attended to by the opthalmologist two weeks after” Amungwa said.
He also quotes Awasum as “having catalogued the health situation of the Ambazonia leaders which is further aggravated by the Hunger Strike they were compelled by circumstances to engage”
In a previous court session, the accused are said to have pleaded with the court for an adjournment of the case for them to get medical attention and come back to court healthy.
“The court took note the situation but insisted that trial should go on especially as to him the detainees are sick because they voluntarily engaged in the Hunger Strike. He then called on the Military State Counsel better known by the French appellation Commissaire du Gouvernement, CG, to open the case for the prosecution,” Barrister Amungwa Tanyi told the media.
As they return to court, today Monday is characterized by the traditional ghost town in the Anglophone regions. Everyone is anxious for a verdict to see if these leaders will be freed.