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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Cameroon: the trial of Michel Biem Tong adjourned to January 2

The trial of Michel BIEM TONG, web journalist and promoter of the Human Rights News Site ( has been postponed until 2 January by the Yaoundé Military Court.

Michel's first audience, which started at 11am, lasted 25 minutes. He pleaded not guilty and asked for time for his defense. One of his lawyers, Mr. ESSOMBA TSOUNGUI, asked to present the exceptions (in law this means that the military court is not competent to judge him.) The government commissioner asking to respect the rights of the accused has sent back case on Thursday 02 January 2019.

Another charge was attributed to the journalist including Usurpation de titre de Journaliste. This increases the number of charges to 3, the others are as follows: Apology of acts of terrorism by computer techniques, crime instigating insurgency and the attack on the security of the State.

Michel BIEM TONG was assisted by three lawyers, including: Mr. NDOKI, Mr. Alice NKOM, Mr. Agbor NKONGHO BALLA, Mr. ESSOMBA TSOUNGUI and Mr. Félicité Esther ZEIFMAN, Attorney at the Paris Bar.