Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and Co. have been sentenced to life jail. The military court in Yaounde found them guilty of all the charges levied against the, barrister Ayukotang Ndep Nkongho who has been following the case all night said.
The leaders of the Ambazonian movement are being charged with Secession, terrorism, hostility against the state of Cameroon, non possession of identity over the armed conflict in Anglophone regions of Cameroon that has claimed over 2000 lives according to International Crisis Group and the UN.
“It’s terrible Mimi we just left the court now after our clients were all sentenced to life imprisonment each and all jointly to pay a civil award of 250 billion FCFA to the state and civil claimants. Again the will pay cost of more than 12 billion FCFA jointly if they fail to pay the fine. We went to court at 9 am yesterday and left at 6:30 this morning,“ Barrister Tifuh, a member of the Defense counsel said.
Shortly after the verdict was handed down, the Defense team cried foul.
“Let the entire world be informed that at exactly 5:38 AM this Tuesday the 20th day of August 2019, the President of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia and the nine (9) others have been slammed the life sentence by the Yaounde Military Tribunal in gross violation of their rights as accused persons,” Media and Communication Chairman Amungwa TANYI Nicodemous said.
Julius Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, president of the self-declared “Republic of Ambazonia”, was arrested in neighbouring Nigeria and extradited to Cameroon in January this year along with 46 others.
Lawyers and International organisations said the entire process was illegal and against International law.
“The attitude of the judge does not only confirm his bias and personal interest in sentencing the accused persons, but equally reveals the presumed outcome of the proceedings…” Barrister Ayukotang Ndep Nkongho told Mimi Mefo Info.
He described the trial as the most scandalous judicial proceedings in world history.
Among those sentenced to live imprisonment is Nfor Ngala Nfor, Tassang Wilfried and Seven (7). Judge Lieutenant Colonel MISSE NJONE Jacques B, presided over the case.