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Cameroon – Eseka tragedy: The judge declared herself incompetent

Eseka accident
Written by Deckson N.

There were two hearings on Wednesday at the Douala Court of First Instance in Bonanjo on the case of the Camrail train accident in Eseka on 21 October.

At the first hearing, Judge Vicky Mbangue, announced that the lawyers for the victims had sought the annulment of the proceedings in this case following the “replies” of the public prosecutor’s office.

Barrister Tougoua, a lawyer for the victims told the BBC: “We have taken note of requisitions from the public prosecutor who tells us to go to the administrative authority, that’s what we will do.

In short, the judge hearing the application for interim measures declared that she had no jurisdiction to rule on the claims of the families of the victims.

But they are nevertheless ordered to pay the costs. That is to say they will pay the cost of this procedure.

In the opposite camp, Camrail’s lawyers deplored the steps taken by the families, as they suspected that their claims before the court were not going to succeed.

The families of the victims have introduced another procedure to seize the Ministry of Territorial Administration and Decentralization.

The hearing of this new interlocutory case, which was ordinary this time, opened later in another room of the same court.

About ten minutes after the opening of the hearing, the case is postponed until 21 June.

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