Cameroon's military tribunal base in the nation's capital Yaounde is set to begin trial of all recently arrested Anglophone activists.Fears are rife that the arrested intellects together with some detained and yet to be arrested Anglophones might be charged with the newly promulgated and highly criticized 2014 anti-terrorism law. The anti-terrorism law No.2014/028 of 23 December 2014 on the suppression of acts of terrorism in Cameroon states partially that “whoever, acting alone as an accomplice or accessory, commits or threatens to commit an act likely to cause death, endanger physical integrity, cause body injury or material damage, destroy natural resource, the environment or cultural heritage with intent to…intimidate the public, provoke a situation of terror…disrupt the national functioning of public services…create widespread insecurity in the country, shall be punished with a death penalty…”
Those facing trial are;
• Lawyer Felix Agbor Balla – human rights activists and one of the lawyers leading talks with government during the last 3 months.
• Dr. Fontem Neba - University Professor and leader of the teacher’s union in higher education institutions. He had also been part of negotiations with government since October.
• Mr. Penn – staff of CCAST Bambili one of Cameroon’s most well-known secondary school facilities and presumed to be a member of the teachers’ union
• Mr. Bibixy Mancho - a popular radio show host who played an active part in the protests
• Justice Paul Ayah - Former parliamentarian and magistrate, is Deputy Attorney General in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon.
• Justice Sokem Ngale Mborh - Attorney General for the South West Region.
Cameroon's opposition leader Kah Walla, has appealed on the Cameroonian public to spread the news of the illegal arrest and prosecution to the world.She writes;
We must let the world know what is happening in Cameroon. Here is what you can do:
1. Denounce this situation in every newspaper, on every radio and every television station in Cameroon.
2. Inform our neighbors, friends and families on the truth of the situation. Whether we agree with these leaders or not, the law has been broken in arresting them and their rights have been systematically violated. Today it is them, tomorrow it will be you, your child, your neighbor. Educate your fellow citizens on why it is important to defend the rights of these leaders.
4. Inform every news and media outlet in the world. On Wednesday, February 1st the eyes of the world must be on Cameroon. Injustice, violence and illegality happens under the cover of darkness. Shine the light of information on Cameroon and oblige our government to do what is right.
5. Every day as of today tweet and put on your Facebook page at least five messages to #FreeAllArrested and for #JusticeinCameroon. Tweeting and posting on Facebook is tracked by the international media and the volume of a hashtag will attract international media attention. Five tweets a day by just a few thousand Cameroonians will put the eyes of the world on Cameroon and could save those who have been arrested.