Tuesday, February 11, 2020

The case of Amadou Vamoulke: The Cameroonian embassy in France stormed

The former boss of CRTV has been detained arbitrarily for 1291 days without trial. In addition to being sick and deprived of appropriate care.

In front of the Cameroonian embassy in Paris, several dozen demonstrators mobilized this Monday, February 10, 2020. They came to demand the release of Amadou Vamoulke. The journalist is celebrating his 70th birthday today. He has been detained arbitrarily for 1291 days without trial. In addition to being sick and deprived of appropriate care. 

Arbitrary arrest 

Protesters held up photos of the man and messages calling for his immediate release on placards. They consider this arrest arbitrary. This rally was organized by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). 

Amadou Vamoulk√© has been imprisoned since July 2016. The former director of Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) is being prosecuted for embezzlement. This is 6 million euros, for the benefit of the public television channel which he directed between 2005 and 2016.

Lack of Evidence 

So far, little evidence has been adduced to support the charges against him. In other words, the prosecution was unable to provide any evidence in this case. Finally, there is no witness who certified Amadou Vamoulk√©'s hijackings. 

In February 2019, French deputies and senators were already asking for the rehabilitation and release of the former CEO of the CRTV. For the parliamentarians of France, he must be released because he is innocent. Also in view of the "unfair procedure, his advanced age and his worrying state of health". 

French parliamentarians also believed that the rights and defense of the accused are flouted. "Mr. Vamoulke's pre-trial detention, which has lasted 30 months, is illegal since he enjoys the status of an accused and his trial could not be held within the time allowed. In the absence of a fair trial and documentary charges against him, his release is essential ”. Could we read on a document French deputies and senators requesting the journalist's release.