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Cameroon – Superior Council of Magistrates: Ayah Paul Abine might be downgraded to an ordinary citizen

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Written by Deckson N.

In addition to the subjects related to the Anglophone crisis, the council will rely on particular cases of certain magistrates.

The next Superior Council of the Judiciary (SCJ) will be held on June 7, 2017, convened by Paul Biya. The council met for the last time in December 2014. At the time, the work had resulted in the retirement of two monuments of the magistracy in Cameroon: Alexis Dipanda Mouelle and Rissouk A Moulong. The first was until then, first president of the Supreme Court while the second was first attorney general at the said court.

That is to say that three years later, the next SCJ is highly anticipated. L’Œil du Sahel of May 15, 2017 believes that Paul Biya and the magistrates members of this council, will debate a total of six subjects. The first relates to the departure of francophone magistrates from English-speaking areas. One of the common law lawyers’ claims at the onset of the anglophone crisis.

The second point on the table, perhaps, says the newspaper, the case of magistrate Paul Ayah Abine, detained for more than 100 days at the Secretary of State for Defense (SED) in Yaounde in connection with the Anglophone Crisis. Our colleague writes that he “could simply be retired. The purpose of the stratagem here is essentially to return him to the “ordinary citizen” category. Thus, he could be tried without being obliged to observe the complex procedure of jurisdictional privilege “.

The tri-weekly notes that this is not the solution to the problem, since many magistrates, English and French speaking, are in solidarity with their colleague.

The third subject, says the paper, relates to the General Secretariat of the Ministry of Justice, George Gwanmesia. “Intimate enemy of his boss, Laurent Esso, who is the oldest magistrate in the anglophones system could also be sent to retirement despite loyalty to power,” we read.

The SCJ may also dwell on the marginalization of certain regions within the judiciary, writes L’Œil du Sahel. The newspaper says that the judiciary is almost 75% owned by the nationals of the Center, South, East and Littoral. A fact that our colleague attributed to the belonging of MINJUSTICE, Laurent Esso and the Technical Advisor of the Head of State, Jean Foumane Akame to the regions mentioned above.

The fifth topic will be related to the creation and appointment to the Common Law section of the Supreme Court. The last point will be related to the integration of young magistrates. “These are indeed two promotions of ENAM (National School of Administration and Magistrature Editor’s note) who have been unemployed for 2 years for some and 3 years for others,” says the newspaper.

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