Thursday, April 25, 2019

Cameroon: this is what happened to MRC leaders after they refused to go to the High Court for their hearing on Wednesday

Twenty-three Mrc activists were removed from their cells in Kondengui Wednesday after refusing to report to the High Court. Their lawyers have still not been allowed to see them.

On Tuesday, April 23, twenty-three activists of the Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon (Mrc) were transferred to the Special Operations Group (Gso) for reasons of "security" after a fight in their detention center in Kondengui. We have not heard from them since.

"When I had the manager's information yesterday that they were transferred to the Gso, 'went there and I was not allowed to see them. The latest news they were at the Gso, I do not know if they are still there or if they were brought back to the central prison, "said Emmanuel Simh.

The persons concerned had to go to the High Court of Mfoundi yesterday, for their habeas corpus trial - sent back to April 25th for the appearance of the accused. They had sported indomitable lions' jerseys on which it was mentioned "Can 2019", a detail that had earned them the Court's disapproval at their previous appearance.

"They said they chose to wear these jerseys, that no one can impose an outfit. The incident apparently started from there, "says lawyer Emmanuel Simh.

Faced with the manager's refusal to let them go out dressed, a pugilist scene erupted in the main prison yard and led to a strong deployment of police and gendarmes on the spot. Mrc's lawyers are meeting today with the central prison governor to try to learn more about Tuesday's events. They will also go to the Gso to try to meet the people they defend.