Amnesty International has urged Cameroonian authorities to free Barrister Michele Ndoki, describing her arrest as the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.
Michele Ndoki faces the death penalty after she was charged with rebellion, hostility against the homeland, incitement to insurrection, offence against the President of the Republic, and destruction of public buildings and goods.
Amnesty International has said her detention is
« a violation of the fundamental right to life….wounded by security forces and fearing for her life, Michele Ndoki, a Cameroonian lawyer and political activist, was forced to hide. She was tracked, arrested – and now faces the death penalty…, » the organization fighting rights abuses said it it’s latest report.
Amnesty International further recounted events surrounding the arrest of Barrister Michele Ndoki who was feeling unsafe in Cameroon following government’s crackdown on political opponents and CRM members.
« On 26th January, the Cameroonian security forces shot Mrs Ndoki three times. She was trying to visit one of her friends in hospital, who had been shot by the authorities earlier that day during a peaceful protest.
« In fear for her life, she went into hiding, stating many times that she was afraid of being a target. She feared that being held in detention with bullet wounds would pose a serious threat to her health.
« On 25th February, she was arrested while trying to cross the border to Nigeria and was interrogated for over a week by the Special Operations Group (in French ‘Groupement Spécial d’opérations’- GSO). »
Amnesty International has equally criticised the arrest and detention of other supporters of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) party including its leader, Professor Maurice Kamto.
The over 200 people are being charged with the same crimes by a military court because they took part in the same peaceful protest on January 26th 2019.
Maurice Kamto and his supporters who are claiming victory in the October 7th presidential election in Cameroon were protesting against what they termed an « electoral hold up ».
Mimi Mefo Info