Saturday, 27 May 2017

"What Is The Reason Why I Am Not Brought To Court?" -- asks Ayah Paul Abine

While he remains at the State Secretariat of Defense (SED) since January 21, Paul Ayah Abine, the first General Counsel to the Supreme Court of Cameroon, has just delivered a second written communique in the space of three weeks.


In the latter, as in the previous ones, the prisoner constantly shouts his innocence and complains about the system that led him behind bars. But this second open letter baptized “What is my crime” as the previous one has a certain originality. Indeed, the magistrate out of hierarchy remains worried about his wavering state of health. He would suffer in his flesh and his conditions of incarceration further complicate his condition, reads the daily Le Messager Tuesday, May 23, 2017. “Since I was detained at the SED, I have contracted a heart problem and my sight (Especially my left eye) is deteriorating “, extracted from the said missive.

Moreover, Paul Ayah Abine finds it difficult to understand why his case is the subject of rumors and other “trials” on television channels, while the Constitution advocates the presumption of innocence until proven otherwise, reads in the newspaper. It has been four months since the prisoner was taken to a courtroom.
"What Is The Reason Why I Am Not Brought To Court?" -- asks Ayah Paul Abine
What could arouse in him, a pleiad of interrogations. Among other things, “what is the reason why I am not brought to court, as is the case with the other” anglophones “arrested during this crisis to defend him? Why do you keep me in total ignorance of my crime (if I have ever committed crimes)? May I know what acts I have taken that are in conflict with the law? “Asked the former deputy of the Democratic Rally of the Cameroonian People.

To believe the Messenger, the only recourse of Paul Ayah Abine remains the High Council of the magistracy that will preside on June 7, the President of the Republic. To do this, his case must be classified among the files burning on the menu that day.

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