Cameroon: Former UN Legal Adviser and Lawyer Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla on Trial April 7, 2017

April 5, 2017

Inner City Press

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We understand that Mr. Felix Agbor Nkongho, as his two co-accused (Fontem Afoteka Neba and Mancho Bibixy), is facing trial for various alleged offences in connection with the situation in the Anglophone regions. Their lawyers requested they be freed on bail. The court is reportedly set to examine the request when the case is taken up again on 7 April. 

The UN is being asked today again about Agbor Balla, and about the arrested lawyerRobert Fon, former President of Northwest Common Law Lawyers’ Association, arrested and transferred to Yaounde. On March 29 Inner City Press asked the UN: “Because UNanswered, asking again: In Cameroon, former UN legal adviser (in UNAMA and elsewhere) Felix Agbor Balla now, according to a UK-based barristers’ organization, faces a military trial with the death penalty on the table for speaking out about conditions in the country’s Anglophone areas, where the Internet has been cut for 71 days and counting. Particularly given Agbor-Balla’s former position as a UN legal expert, what is not only the UN’s comment, but what is the UN doing to attempt to ensure he receives due process? Also, what about the arrest of human rights lawyer Robert Fon and his transfer to Yaounde?” But while the UN responded to other questions from Inner City Press, nothing on this one. Nothing.

With former UN legal adviser Felix Agbor-Balla in Cameroon facing a military trial with the death penalty on the table, a UK-based legal group has written to Cameroonian president Paul Biya (here) while his former employer the UN has done… nothing.

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(Felix Nkongho Agbor Balla in court today: Facebook)

(UPDATE April 7, 2017: “Breaking News
BaretaNews can now report that the court in Yaounde has passed a judgement to hear the case of our leaders and 25 more in a joint session rather than separate sessions. This means that the case will continue in a joint session on April 27th, 2017.” (Facebook)) (FRANCAIS)

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Barrister Ben Muna grants a press statement on behalf of his clients Barrister Agbor Balla and Fontem Neba.
Lead Counsel for detained Consortium leaders speaks. He noted that the Consortium president, Barrsiter Nkongho Balla has asked him to make a statement on his behalf;
■That the Leadership of the Consortium still stands as Barrister Nkongho (President) and Dr Fontem Neba (SG).
■That the Consortium has never stood for the segregation or separation of Southern Cameroons.
■That while they (Nkongho and Fontem) are in jail, they mandated Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo Tanku to run the affairs of the Consortium
■That he (Barrister Nkongho) is quite satisfied with what Mark and Tapang has been doing so far.
■That the Consortium ,and him as the President has not authorized anybody to sign any agreement with any other Organization or group such as SCNC, SCAPO, SCACUF, AGC or any secessionist group.
■ That he (Barrister Nkongho Balla) is happy with Mark Bareta and Tapang Ivo with the manner they run the Consortium as interim leaders.




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