[Cameroon]Case Against Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius & Co Adjourned. New Judge To Restart Trial

By Arrey Bate

After the Nigerian Federal High Court in Abuja ruled in favour of the Ambazonian leaders( Sisiku Julius Ayuk Tabe and 46 others arrested in Nigeria and deported to Cameroon in January 2018), Cameroonians highly anticipated the next court session to see if Cameroon authorities will follow the decision of the Nigerian court.

The court decided that all 46 deportees currently held in Cameroon
should be returned to Nigeria and given compensations of two hundred thousand Naira each. That the
fundamental rights of all those involved in the “arrest” at Nera Hotel
were violated and should be rehabilitated and paid compensation of 5 milion Naira each.

Today’s court session had been much anticipated as it was the first hearing after Nigeria’s Federal High Court made the decision.

It was the day to decide if Cameroon’s Military Court would demonstrate fairness by eventual closure of the case file and transfer the leaders back to Nigeria.

Was the Biya regime going to give a listening ear to Nigeria’s ruling?

Today’s court session witnessed another adjournment to March 29, 2019 as the preciding judge, Col. Mem Michel was transferred to the Buea Military court, replaced by Lt Col. Jacques Boudoin Misse Njone.

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The adjournment is to permit the newly appointed judge to constitute a new team that will restart the trial.

Notably, SDF chairman, Ni John Fru Ndi appeared in Court to witness the proceedings. Reports say the leaders refused leaving the court when they were deprived from greeting relatives and other friends.

Meanwhile, the Yaounde Mfoundi High Court also rejected demands for the release of MRC party president, Prof. Maurice Kamto and other detained party officials. They were all taken back to prison

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