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Cameroon – Boko Haram: 3 Students to face up to 10 years in prison after sharing joke SMS on Boko Haram!

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Written by Deckson N.

Arrested by the police in the town of Limbe in the South West Region in 2014, they were present at the court bar on October 5.

Three young students were at the bar yesterday at the military court. They were tried for insurrection, complicity and non-denunciation of terrorist acts in accordance with Articles 74, 97, 107 and 116 of the Criminal Code. This is Fumosoh Ivo, Azah Levis and Afuh Nivelle. Their crime: having shared a joke by SMS on the Nigerian Boko Haram. the SMS in question said: “Boko Haram recruits young people of 14 and over. Recruitment conditions: 4 A Levels papers including religion “.

Last September, dealing with the case, Amnesty International explained that on 13 December 2014, Fomusoh Ivo Feh, was arrested by police in the town of Limbe few weeks after showing to his friends, a sarcastic SMS received from a military friend, who said: “Boko Haram recruits young people of 14 and over. Recruitment conditions: 4 A Levels papers including religion

One of the friends of Fomusoh transferred the SMS to a high school student whose teacher who had confiscated the phone during a class, read it. The teacher showed the message to the police who arrested the first high school student and then Fomusoh and his friend. On January 14, 2015, three young people were transferred to the main prison in Yaounde where they were chained, until April 2015, following an intervention of their lawyer to the superintendent of the prison.

Yesterday, Wednesday, October 5, 2016, during a new hearing, reserved for the verdict, the presiding judge, Mr. Edou, acknowledged Azuh Nivelle Nfor, Azah Levis Gob and Fumosoh Ivo Feh guilty of “non- denunciation of terrorism. ” The penalty will be concerned at the next hearing, scheduled for 19 October 2016. They face a minimum sentence of ten years in the context of this trial, under the Terrorism Act promulgated on 23 December 2014.

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