Barrister Tchoungang urged the public prosecutor to consider the journalist’s past and his irreproachable behavior in prison.
The prosecution at the hearing of April 19, 2017 demanded the life sentence for Ahmed Abba, correspondent of Radio France International (RFI), in Cameroon instead of the death penalty initially proposed.
As a defense, the lawyer of the accused Barrister Tchoungang urged the judges to apply Article 13 of Act No. 2014/028 of 23 December 2014 on the Suppression of Acts of Terrorism. This article provides in paragraph (1) for extenuating circumstances giving rise to a term of imprisonment of not less than ten years.
In addition, the Batonnier asked the public prosecutor to take account of his client’s past. According to Barrister Tchoungang, his client’s criminal record is unlawful because he has never been convicted. Finally, the defense called on the public prosecutor to be indulgent in regard to the irreproachable behavior of the journalist in prison. He has never been called to order and has always done well with jailers and detainees.
In the end, the offense of apologizing for terrorism was abandoned and the government commissioner retained the crime of non-denunciation of acts of terrorism against the accused. At a previous hearing, the death penalty was demanded by the prosecutor’s office of the Military Court of Yaounde against the Cameroonian correspondent of RFI.
Ahmed Abba is being prosecuted for complicity in terrorism. The hearing has been scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, April 24, 2017.