The Yaounde military court announced on Wednesday that it would pronounce on 7 June on the requests for release of 27 activists of Cameroonian anglophone protest accused of “acts of terrorism” and detained since January.
A new trial of English-speaking leaders took place Wednesday at the military court in Yaounde. Three figures of the crisis are among the defendants: Felix Agbor Nkongho (lawyer), Neba Fontem Aforteka’a ( teacher), and Mancho Bibixy, known as “BBC” radio host.
At the resumption of the trial, which began on 23 March, the government commissioner (prosecutor) said he was not “hostile” to the provisional release of the first two, accompanied by a placement under judicial supervision. “The Public Prosecutor is not opposed to the putting under judicial supervision” of Felix Agbor Nkongho and Neba Fontem Aforteka’a, said the government commissioner, reports AFP.
The prosecution, on the other hand, demanded the pure and simple rejection of the request for provisional release of the other 25 accused, it is learned.
Judicial supervision means that the two leaders are released from prison but are “bound by a number of obligations that the court will determine,” Claude Assira, one of the lawyers, told AFP. For the prosecution, such a measure, if it was to be taken by the judges, should be accompanied by a decision prohibiting them from leaving the territory for the two leaders and the obligation to pay a deposit.
The judges then adjourned the trial until June 7, when they will rule on the accused’s request for release.
Félix Agbor Nkongho, a lawyer, and Neba Fontem Aforteka’a, a university professor, are the main protagonists of the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society consortium (CACSC), banned in January by the authorities after a strike call in English-speaking areas of the country.