26 April 2017

Cameroon: Outrage Over Military Conviction of Cameroon Journalist

Photo: Rfi
Ahmed Abba

Yaounde — THE conviction and ten-year sentence a Cameroonian military court has imposed on a journalist for alleged terrorism has been denounced as a travesty to justice.

Radio journalist, Ahmed Abba, has been convicted after torture and a trial deemed unfair by human rights groups. He was also fined a whopping € 84 000 (R1, 2 million) on charges of "non-denunciation of terrorism" and "laundering of the proceeds of terrorist acts." The journalist has been acquitted of the charge of "glorifying acts of terrorism."

"Ahmed Abba's conviction, after torture and an unfair trial, is clear evidence that Cameroon's military courts are not competent to try civilians and should not have jurisdiction in these cases," bemoaned Ilaria Allegrozzi, Amnesty International's Lake Chad researcher.

Abba was arrested on 30 July 2015 in the city of Maroua while investigating the Boko Haram conflict in the north of the country. He was held incommunicado for three months and tortured in a facility run by Cameroonian secret services.

Abba's lawyer has indicated that he intends to appeal the conviction and sentence.

Since 2014, Cameroon authorities have arrested more than 1 000 people for allegedly supporting Boko Haram. Many have reportedly been held without charge and tortured in detention facilities run by the military and or the secret services. They face trial before a military court and may be sentenced to death under the country's anti-terror law. - CAJ News

More on This

Reporter Ahmed Abba to Appeal 10-Year Terrorism Sentence

A Cameroon journalist jailed for 10 years for terrorism will appeal the verdict, his lawyer said. Read more »

Copyright © 2017 CAJ News Agency. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.