Barrister Felix Agbor Balla, Dr Fontem Neba, Mancho Bibixy and other Anglophones arrested during the on-going protests in the North West and South West regions are expected to appear before the Yaounde Military Tribunal today. They are being charged with terrorism, rebellion, unlawful assembly, contempt of public officials among others.
The joint case which includes about 23 other suspects was adjourned to this day on April 27. While the counsel is hoping to have the detainees released on bail, many local and international organisations are requesting their immediate and unconditional release. The United Nations, Human Rights organisations and political parties such as the SDF, CPP, PAP, MRC as well as CPDM Senators and MPs from the North West and South West regions had added their voices to calls for the release of the detainees.
The Anglophone activists, most of whom have been in detention since December 2016, are said to be planning to go a on hunger strike on Friday June 26, should the court fail to set them free. They complain that they have not even been given the opportunity to defend themselves as the court proceedings are advancing at snail pace.
Worth noting is the fact that at least ten other suspects arrested for the same reasons are currently being held in the Buea Central prison, while journalists, Atia Tilarious, Amos Fofung among others detained in the Kondengui principal prison are yet to be told their crimes -more than four months after their arrests.