Rumours in French Cameroon of possible international arrest warrants against some Anglophone separatists have not left retired Chief Justice Ayah Paul Abine indifferent. On his timeline, the man of law downplays the likelihood of having the alleged warrants executed. This is what he says:
“…To secure the issuing of international arrest warrants as Cameroun has done is the easiest of things. To get the warrants executed and the suspects extradited much less. The following is a random cursory look at some of the hurdles to surmount.
Cameroun must prove the existence of extradition treaties with the host countries of those to be extradited. In the absence of such instrument, the matter could well just rest there. Even where such instruments do exist, their enforcement is subject to several inevitable considerations:
(1) Are those to be extradited of Camerounese nationality? It would be recalled that by the Camerounese nationality code, you automatically lose Camerounese nationality upon acquiring foreign nationality. And the moment you have a foreign passport, you are no longer Camerounese. Not too many countries would readily extradite their nationals or the nationals of third parties to Cameroun.
(2) The host countries would also examine the institutional judicial organistion. In all civilized judicial systems, military courts commonly called court martial do not try civilians. The situation in Cameroun being as it is, the host countries cannot assure themselves that those to be extradited would get fair and impartial trials within international norms.
(3) The crimes alleged committed must be criminal offences within the laws of the host countries. Applications for extradition are otherwise rejected.
(4) Some host countries sometimes do affirm that it is competent of their legal systems to hear and determine the “accusations” leveled against those resident within their borders.
Other considerations include the status of the persons concerned in international law. Where all the foregoing considerations are satisfied, the host countries would still invoke the status of the suspects. In international law, no refugee; no-one granted political asylum; no-one fleeing political persecution can be extradited.
Again, morality comes into play. Countries there are that have abolished the death sentence. No such country would extradite someone to Cameroun to be sentenced to death by a judicial system that has failed to prove its mettle before the international community. Let alone through fictitious judicial process by court martial.
If all is smooth and the host country grants the application to extradite, the interested party still reserves the right to fight the decision to extradite in the courts of the host country; and that includes the right to avail oneself of the right to appeal. In the result, this can take years –a decade or even more.
The chances of Cameroun succeeding have dwindled considerably by its own rogue conduct. It is a notorious fact that the world body (UNO), the Commonwealth, the Francophonie and others have all called for dialogue over and over again. Cameroun has ignored them consistently with cowboy grin. And the very Cameroun now turns to the member states of those very organizations to seek favours! The latter will simply invoke the principle of reciprocity in international diplomatic relations to turn down Camerounese requests.
One may daresay then that the Lord Chancellor Asshia Tshiroma did not counsel himself well. And that the legal advisers at the Presidency may have done their homework quite slightly lightly. The net result is that the hosanna about the issue of international arrest warrants may hopelessly end up like a high-sounding NOTHING.
Had we only been wise enough to heed the repeated calls for DIALOGUE!”
A young lady who was injured in an attack in the North West region of Cameroon on Tuesday night breaking Wednesday has finally passed on.
Janet Ngwafor was reportedly shot during the attack at a gendarme checkpoint in Bafut.
She died at a military hospital in Bamenda during the early hours of the afternoon, reports Cameroon-Info.Net.
In total three persons are reported dead in the attack, with two of them being gendarme officers.
It's not yet clear who shot these people.
But rumours hold that Anglophone activists advocating independence for Southern Cameroons are the masterminds.
Other sources believe that the Biya regime is behind the attacks which it is using as a pretext to oppress the people all the more.
After Suffering 3 Casualties in 2 Days, Restive Mezam SDO Slams 2 Weeks Curfew On Mezam.
Bemused by the turn of events, the Senior Divisional Officer for Mezam, Pierre René Songa, has slammed a two weeks curfew in his area of command spanning from Thursday, November 9 to Thursday, November 23, 2017
On Monday, November 6, 2017, CPDM lackeys and sycophants in all the 10 Regions of Cameroon rolled out jubilation drums to celebrate their supreme leader, Paul Biya for reigning for 35 uninterrupted years
They outlined the preservation of peace, construction of roads, schools, hospitals, stadia, damps and other giant development projects as the hallmarks of the New Deal Government.
Despite the numerous pontifications and praise singing for Biya as being the all and all in Cameroon’s development, these are the stack realities of Cameroon’s 35 years under the Biya regime.
Media reporters have gone wild that in French Cameroun that President Paul Biya has issued international arrest warrants against some 15 unnamed Anglophone activists.
According to reports from Le Jour Newspaper and other leading French Language News paper, the international warrants have been dispatched already for the various diplomatic missions to scrupulously carry out the President’s instructions to the letter.
The international arrest warrants, the media reporters further sustain, have been triggered by the lingering Anglophone Crisis.
Even though Le Jour Newspaper and the others have not categorically state exactly when the warrants were issued, they however suggest that the plans were immediately hatched after the pro-independence peaceful demonstrations in major cities of the North West and South West Regions on September 22 and October 1, 2017.
The warrants, according to our findings, were supposedly issued after some Government officials held talks with some anonymous Western nations. Though the suspects have not been named, rumours hold that the Southern Cameroons’ Governing Council (SCACUF) President' Sissiku Julius and Tassang Wilfred are on the list.
Reports say there's a fresh order for further militarisation of the North West region of Cameroon following the alleged murder of two gendarme officers on Tuesday night breaking Wednesday.
Cameroon-Info.Net reports that the officers were brought down by bullets from unidentified individuals, believed to be 'Anglophone activists.'
David Sallé was shot at the Southern entrance into Bamenda while on duty meanwhile René Hinma received the fatal bullet at a school in the Bayele neighbourhood, reports say.
The murderers are believed to be on the run.
This follows the killing of another gendarme officer in Jakiri on Monday.