Human rights lawyer, Barrister Tamfu Richard prepares to spend his second night at the New Bell Prison in Douala. He is not the only lawyer in pretrial detention.
Four lawyers, including Tamfu, are being held at the facility. Tamfu was arrested alongside his colleague on Wednesday, Mâitre Armel Tchueumegne Kenmegne – move which has been interpreted as a “declaration of conflict between the magistracy and lawyers in Cameroon”.
Tamfu is being charged with destruction, contempt of authority among other charges.
Observers say the situation demands a vibrant Bar Association to stand for the rights of lawyers and Cameroonians.
Barrister Tamfu Richard will stand trial in court next Monday, November 23.
He has been recounting how he was tricked, arbitrarily arrested, and detained to Mimi Mefo Info.
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