Detained seperatist leader, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and other secessionist activists are expected in court for the ‘Habeas’ Corpus hearing.
This will be the appeal session after the Military court had dismissed the initial application.
It should be recalled that judicial investigations opened against Sissiku Ayuk Tabe and 46 other secessionist activists arrested in Nigeria and detained in Yaounde at the start of the year.
Prosecutor Engono Thadée told journalducameroun.com that the Yaounde regime had initiated a criminal procedure against the separatist activists though the process is still at the level of judicial investigations.
At this stage the interrogations are carried out by the judicial police to determine the existence or not of any offence as well as produce useful evidence for an eventual trial. It is only at the end of such interrogations that concrete charges can be brought forward or proceedings completely dropped, Engono Thasée had said.
He however dismissed reports claiming Julius Ayuk Tabe, the Ambazonian leader and the 46 others have been at his office for interrogation. He made it clear that the detained can only meet the state prosecutor at the Yaounde military after judicial investigations must have been concluded. However, he did not give a timeframe for such investigations.
Thus, it is difficult to determine when a case in court will come up against the separatist activists but there are indications they might be charged for secession after declaring the restoration of independence of the the former Bristish Southern Cameroons on October 1, 2017.
Julius Ayuk Tabe and the 46 others were arrested in Nigeria and extradited to Yaounde in January 2018.