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Cameroon’s higher judicial council meet over punitive files

Members of the judicial Council are expected to hold a crunch meeting today June 7, to examine punitive files and…

Members of the judicial Council are expected to hold a crunch meeting today June 7, to examine punitive files and decide over the promotion of magistrates and the transfer of magistrates.

The meeting, highly tipped to be chaired by President Biya, will be attended by Cameroon’s top judicial stakeholders like Laurent ESSO, Minister of State for Justice and Keeper of the Seals.

It is the first time the Higher Judicial Council is meeting since the anglophone crisis started and speculations are rife that the crisis might be top on the agenda. Many opine that the members could seek ways towards resolving the crisis.

At press time, information gathered by Journal du Cameroun, indicated that the council could also decide on the fate of Chief Judge at the Supreme Court Ayah Paul Abine who has been in detention since January 2017 without charges and the fate of some anglophones arrested in the wake of the crisis.

Some of the leaders, Barrister Agbor Balla and Dr Fontem Neba of the outlawed Anglophone consortium and some 27 other young persons are expected to appear in court today. Barrister Bernard Muna, lead counsel for the defense say the leaders could be freed on judicial supervision.

 

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