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Trial of Anglophone detainees adjourned to December 1st

After a heated trial of the Southern Cameroonians who have been in detention, some for over a year now, it has been decided that they will meet again tomorrow December 1st  at the Yaounde military Tribunal.

 

 

 

Get to know how it was today. Every bit of it.

[The court case against Anglophone political prisoners has just started here at the Yaounde military tribunal. Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain, is one of the two witnesses brought in by the state to testify against the accused.

Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain is in the witness box narrating his experience in Bamenda on the 16th of December 2016. He is speaking in French and his speech is translated in English language Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain says on the 16th of December 2016, he had the greatest fright of his life upon seeing huge crowd demonstrating. The  Police inspector also claimed that they saved the life of a woman who was allegedly set ablaze because she was dressed in ruling CPDM party Tee shirt to say the least. Sombi Valerie Alain is a comical figure who is unable to relate with coherence his experience in Bamenda. He has just finished mimicking:"Amba, Amba,Ambazonia",song he claimed was the rallying cry of demonstrators. He claims he is now on detachment in Bamenda for the second year  and will strongly want to go back to his base in Douala.

 The cross examination of Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain has started.

Asked whether he knows those who were calling for ghost town & demonstrations? He says: No. He also claims the arm of child was chopped off because he wanted to go to school.

Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain, claims unidentified persons did place Bobbytraps all over the town. He's just been presented pictures of young girl whose armed was chopped off. He couldn't identify but he did recognize picture of lady partly burned.

 Intervention of Barrister Bernard Muna because  lawyer of govt bench has crossed over to whisper to their witness.

Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain, is visibly short of claims against the accused. Barrister Bernard Muna to the plaintiffs: "Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain is your witness, what else do you want him to say that, you don't know?" Judge of military tribunal to Barrister Bernard Muna: “is there any article in the legal code that bars,  plaintiffs or state lawyers from questioning or speaking to witness in witbox?”

Barrister Bernard Muna now cross examining Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain.

 Barrister Bernard Muna to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “before your detachment to Bamenda, have you ever been to Bamenda?” Barrister Bernard Muna to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “you claimed you received threats via your phone, to whom did you give your phone number?” Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “ask your brothers how they received messages for ghost town?”

Barrister Bernard Muna to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: "were the threats u received via phone personal or to the general public?" Barrister Bernard Muna to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “have you been witness of any threats directed towards Francophones or francophone families as you claimed?” Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “a University student told me he was threatened in campus because he was French-speaking and a client claimed he was asked descend from a taxi because he spoke French”. Barrister Bernard Muna to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “Was Mancho Bibixy, present on the 22nd of September 2017, during demonstrations where you claimed demonstors were singing  Ambazonia & Bibixy Mancho?”.

 Cross examination of Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain momentarily stopped because of intervention of plaintiff of government bench.

Cross examination of Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain has resumed with these questions from Barrister Bernard Muna: “were you the one who took the pictures of alleged victims? Defense attorney to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “you claimed Bamenda 3rd district police station was burned down, did you see those who set it ablaze? Did you arrive there when the arsonists were present? Is it true or false that, u could not identify the arsonists?” Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “I can't answer the questions from defense lawyer”  [Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain,  seems irritated]. Judge of military tribunal to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “if you can't answer a question don't respond. Don't get angry, you have experienced worse things and more might occur. Defense attorney: “Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain, I am going to ask u my last question, were all destructions carried out by persons u can identify?”

 Now speaking Barrister Bindji.

His questions: “how long have u been in Police?” Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: I have worked in the Police for 15 years”. Barrister Bindji to Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain: “u claimed francophone families and others laid complaints about threats  ,what did u do?”.

Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain, is unable to answer and he is aided by lawyers of the government bench, who have interjected an objection from Judge of military tribunal to come to the aide of Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain. Barrister Bindji insists: “Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain, what did u do following all the supposed threats?” Barrister Bindji: “witness who can't answer a question is making a mockery of this court.

Cross examination of Police inspector Sombi Valerie Alain, is over.

Second witness takes to the witness box for cross examination, he is Police inspector Olinga Tina Felix.

Police inspector Olinga Tina Felix is of the mobile intervention brigade  of Douala on detachment in Bamenda since the 21st of November 2016. He says: “I arrived Bamenda at 4am. It was the first time I set foot in a town that my father told me was the most cleaned in Cameroon”.

Barrister Bernard Muna to Police inspector Olinga Tina Felix: “when did you go to Bda? You have told the court that demonstrators were chanting go home to Cameroon, were they talking to you anti riot police or to the people behind you?” inspector Olinga Tina Felix can't answer.

Barrister Bernard Muna to Police inspector Olinga Tina Felix: “do you know any Anglophone detainees present here in this court?” “Yes, the one who claims to be a journalist”.

 Trial at the Yaounde military court is adjourned for tomorrow December 1st perhaps because of power outage.]

Source: Elie Smith

Studied B.Sc Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Buea

Website: www.cameroon-concord.com Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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