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Kah Walla narrates what happened during the court hearing of Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba & Mancho Bibixy yesterday March 23

As posted by Kah Walla on her social media yesterday March 24th, after attending the court hearing of Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba and Mancho Bibixy at the military tribunal in Yaounde. The case was adjourned to the 27th of April:
“From 11:15 to 3:30 p.m. today, I decided to attend the court session at the military tribunal. Here are some of the key elements observed.

Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba and Mancho Bibixy have already been deprived of their liberty for 65 days. Unfortunately, today, no progress was made on their case.

• From 11:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. the court spent its time verifying the names and identification of 27 defendants, young men who were arrested after the incidents of December 8, 2016. I sit flabbergasted as the chief judge personally verifies elements of the identity of each defendants: spellings of names, marital status and number of children. I am stunned. How is this that this was not done before? These people have been in detention for months! Why has someone not written down their names and verified the spelling?!?!? Is this what we use senior judges for??? In a highly sensitive political case that impacts the country in general and the lives of over 5 million people in two regions in particular?!?!?

• At 1:15 p.m. when the ordeal of name-reading was completed, the state prosecutor petitioned to have the case of the 27 defendants joined to that of Agbor Balla, Fontem Neba and Mancho Bibixy. Defense lawyers requested 30 mins to concert and determine their response.

• At 2:30 p.m. the court session resumes. Defense lawyers argue that the two cases cannot be joined due to the fact that they do not consist of the same charges, nor the same persons, nor having been committed at the same place. Defense lawyers urge the judge to get on to the content of the case, reminding that when the case was postponed at the last session on February 13th, it was to enable the state counsel to produce a list of witnesses and for these witnesses to be heard. Defense lawyers also underline that even though procedure states that the list of witnesses should be provided 5 days before trial, they had been handed a list the night before at 6:00 p.m. Despite this violation of procedure, defense lawyers insist they are ready to hear the witnesses.

• We all wait with baited breath, convinced we are finally going to hear more about these charges of terrorism, incitement to insurrection, revolution, etc. that have caused these men to be put on trial and their lives to be put at stake.

• We waited in vain. The judge determined that to deliberate on whether or not the two cases should be joined, we must wait until…. April 7th !!!! She then makes further precision, the case itself will be heard on April 27th !!!

• The entire court is frustrated and annoyed. These 30 men have been deprived of their liberty for 65 days, for some, more. This is their 3rd court appearance, how can it be that we have just spent 4 hours on procedure without hearing the content of the case?

• There is no other conclusion to be arrived at other than that there is a delaying strategy by the State. The theory that government simply feels it can wear down the Anglophone movement through violence, fear and time appears more real than ever.

• We take our frustrations and anger home. More determined than ever to fight these layers of injustice upon injustice that are being heaped upon the entire Cameroonian people! Determined also that to win this fight we must more than ever be focused on concerted, organized, non-violent, but determined action that ensures decisions veer to the side of justice.

• It is the future of every Cameroonian which is at stake. The action that each of us takes day-in and day-out will determine what that future will be.”
See photos below:
Agbor Balla on the way to military tribunal

Agbor Balla and Mancho Bibixy in military tribunal(standing behind the lawyers)

Kah Walla at military tribunal

Ni John Fru Ndi at military tribunal

Ni John Fru Ndi at military tribunal

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