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Cameroon – Andre Blaise Essama: The nationalist activist should get out of prison this Friday, September 30, 2016

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Written by Deckson N.

He finished serving the sentence of six months that the Court of First Instance of Douala-Bonanjo inflicted in March for him deteriorating public good.

Andre Blaise should leave the New Bell central prison on Friday. He will come out of the famous penitentiary in the city of Douala before dawn. “5:00 AM” says one of his lawyers Jean de Dieu Momo. “Essama will be released from prison in Douala and shall be forcibly led away from the perimeter of the prison,” he added. Me. Momo also thanks the managing director of the National democratic institute of Africa (NDI), Christopher Fomunyoh for financial assistance to the former inmate. He offered him 250,000 CFA Francs. An amount that according to the lawyer, was used to pay the costs and other charges.

André Blaise Essama was sentenced to 6 months in prison on July 4, 2016 by Judge Vicky Mbangue at the Court of First Instance of Douala-Bonanjo. He was accused of destruction of public property. In this case the statue of the French General Leclerc which sits at the heart of the Bonanjo administrative district. The nationalist activist was also ordered to pay more than 2 million CFA Francs in damages, interest and fines. On the day of his conviction, Essama had already spent 96 days in New Bell prison. He was serving out his second conviction for destruction of public property.

André Blaise Essama is engaged in a struggle for the restoration of the memory of the national heroes of Cameroon. He asked the Cameroonian authorities to name the streets and other buildings to their names and replace the statues erected in memory of foreign personalities with their own. He is supported in his fight by politicians like the party leader of the Manidem, Anicet Ekane.

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