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Cameroon:Detained for over 30 months without charge for having 'murdered' son of Biya's adviser

Accused of involvement in the murder of the son of Rear Admiral Joseph Fouda(special adviser of President Paul Biya), Michael Feumba claims innocence and maintains that he is in prison for having found the phone of the deceased a few days after the murder.

Michael Tonkeu Feumba has cried for help from President Paul Biya, Justice Minister Laurent Esso, and human rights organizations.
Student[at a university] and teacher at a private college in Yaoundé, Michael has  been detained at the Kondengui Central Prison since April 29, 2015.
On April 14, 2015, the corpse of William Fouda was found very  early in the morning between rails not far from Yaoundé central town. William Fouda was a young soldier, aged 29, working with the Presidential Guard.

 
His right leg was mutilated while the skull was open.

A few metres from the scene, Michael said he had spotted  an empty phone without a battery nor a sim card on his way to the university  where he was studying.

In a message, Michael says he had given the phone to one of his younger brothers who fitted in the missing parts and had the phone going.

Michael relates that he was later arrested together with his father and two brothers by elements of the National Gendarmerie. He was told that the phone belonged to the murdered Fouda. After a few days of enquiry, they were released. But on April 29, 2015, he was summoned by the magistrate at a  magistrate court in Mfoundi for the murder of the son of Rear Admiral Fouda.

Michael reveals that the magistrate took FCFA 400,000 from his family to ensure his temporary release which has never materialised.

Since then, the young man has been appearing in court without a concrete end to his case.

The case has been adjourned severally for one reason  or another.
According to him, the last hearing was due for November 7, 2017 but he was not even taken out of prison.

" Is it a crime to lack someone who can defend you for being kept in prison for no reason? I know you will understand me well. I pray you come to my rescue," laments the young teacher.
 

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