May 9, 2017
The Law Society of England and the Wales has written to President Paul Biya, requesting the immediate release of Justice Ayah Paul Abine, Barrister Felix Agbor Kongho, Dir Fontem Neba, Mancho BBC and all supposed activists arrested in relation to the ongoing crisis in the North West and South West region.
In the letter dated April 25, a copy of which Journal du Cameroun stumbled upon, the international lawyers’ protection organisation, also requests that government should ensure that any further proceedings and only if required and in compliance with international norms, non-custodial measures are applied.
The organisation equally demands that government should ensure that the persons who have been arrested and detained are tried by an ordinary court, not by a military tribunal, and that they can appeal any judgment rendered through an independent, impartial, judicial proceeding that is open to the public and in which all rules regarding due process are respected.
The Law Society is a professional body representing more than 166,000 lawyers in England and Wales. Its aims include upholding the independence of the legal profession, the rule of law and human rights around the world. The subject of its letter to President Biya is tittled, ‘Prolonged detention – Lawyer Nkongho Felix Agbor and others”.