Trial of Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba, Bibixy, Open Today in Yaounde Military Tribunal

Arrested Consortium president Felix Agbor Balla, seen here at Gendarmerie Headquarters in Yaounde.
Arrested Consortium president Felix Agbor Balla, (right), seen here at Gendarmerie Headquarters where he’s being held in Yaounde.

By Folegwe II Menky, February 13, 2017

Cameroon Journal,  YaoundeThe case between the People of Cameroon versus the President of the outlawed Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, Barrister Nkongho Felix Agbor Balla, his Secretary General, Dr. Fontem  Aforteka’a  Neba as well as Mancho Bibixy, is expected to open today at the Yaounde Military Tribunal. The case had been adjourned to today on Wednesday February 1.

When the trail failed to begin in early February, no concrete reasons were advanced for the adjournment, but we learned the case was postponed because court officials were busy with preparations to pay last honours to some of their army colleagues who died in an helicopter crash.

Dr. Fontem A. Neba
Dr. Fontem A. Neba

Going by a notice posted on the notice board of the Yaounde Military Tribunal, which sanctioned the adjournment, the accused are charged with inciting hostilities against the state, committing acts of terrorism, calling for the secession of North West and South West Regions from the nation of Cameroon, insurrection, propagation of false information, amongst others.

Legal experts say as per the Law on the Suppression of Acts of Terrorism passed by Parliament and signed into law by President Biya, most of these offences carry the death penalty.

Some 70 prominent lawyers; Francophones inclusive, are poised to defend the accused.

When the case was to come up on February 1, the defense counsels, amongst them Barristers Ben Muna, Nico Halle, Monthe, and Ndong Christopher stormed the military court but were disappointed. They faulted the procedure used to adjourn the case.



 

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