Thursday, March 28, 2019

Kamtogate: Dupond Moretti and Co. warn Biya

The threat is barely veiled, and is a stinging replica of the swagger of the Biya regime that has spread in vain talk on the international media since Maurice Kamto, taking full responsibility for the stalemate of the post-election crisis, said, via French lawyer Dupont-Moretti, that he was willing to discuss with Paul Biya, the beneficiary of the theft of the electoral heist of October 2018.

It is recalled that the day after the press conference given by the pool of lawyers of Maurice Kamto and his 203 allies and detained activists, press conference during which, in order to make the short scale to a Cameroonian State mired in many socio-political crises, Me Dupont-Moretti and his associate Me Antoine Vey, had shown the disposition of the defense to find an arrangement -fut it bad- rather than to persist to go to a trial which in fine would inevitably lead to victory in international forums more respectful of the legal instruments governing rights and freedoms ("he who claims the victory of an election must be able to meet the one who contests it is that there is a situation in which he has been thrown in jail for no reason, arbitrarily and that one of the stages of thawing this situation is that they can talk to each other The Cameroonian Minister of Communication, misunderstanding the true motives of Kamto's approach, has split himself into maximalist and provocative declarations, tending not only to sanctify his god of president who was according to him above mankind and can not be reduced to discussing with his prisoner on whom he has the right to life and death, but also to give the impression that the most famous of Cameroonian political prisoners of the last forty years, begged his freedom and that of his followers who depend on the good will of their executioners.

René Sadi, went further by recommending the lawyer Dupont-Moretti to limit himself to the mission of defense of his clients instead of becoming a mediator:

"We ask Mr. Moretti, who did not come to the Cameroon as mediator, to stick strictly to the mission that is his, that is to say, defend his client. President Biya is not to be placed on the same footing as Mr. Kamto, who is a citizen like everyone else. "

A misinterpretation coupled with gratuitous malignity against Cameroonians, insofar as Cameroon needs it most in these times of tense sociopolitical climate around the two major crises that are the management of political contentious Presidential election and that of the Anglophone crisis, it is more of a mediation allowing the parties in conflict to reach a minimum of consensus synonymous with normalization than the assertion of the authority of a regime whose action is based on arbitrariness and therefore liable to work only at continual decay.

The Cameroonian minister's big outburst of extremism, however, had the merit of unveiling the regime's hawkish intentions, which means that everyone is moving away from it and letting it be shown to those who are challenging it. An increasingly unacceptable posture in the contemporary world where human rights are affirmed more than in the past as a non-negotiable data that can neither be contextualized nor tropicalized. From where the answer of the shepherd to the shepherdess that is the firm reaction of the French internationalist lawyer Me Antoine Vey, member of the Council of the defense of Maurice Kamto, comrades and allies:

"It was never question for us of to have a mediating role in this case ... It was rather to leave the possibility of having recourse to a little wisdom in a rather ubiquitous situation. And if we feel that we do not have this right, then we will simply become a lawyer again.

And again, this is the trap that closes on the regime and its spokesperson a little too zealous, who drown with laughter. For "becoming a lawyer" means simply for Kamto's lawyers, to follow Biya and his clique on the conflictual ground they prefer for their great loss.

Is it not in this context that Maurice Kamto and his co-defendants demanded that the military judge signify to them in writing his jurisdiction to try civilians guilty simply of having walked and sung in the street as a peaceful protest against the hold electoral campaign, to have been shot at by "regulatory bullets" -probably in paper- by police officers who after having injured them asked them to "walk" or explained to them that it was to prevent them from going again to talk on TV? Kamto was talking about the intelligent, to have evidence that Cameroon, which has ratified international conventions and treaties prohibiting the trial of civilians by military courts, had transgressed these texts. With the following that we can imagine.