Cameroon frees 52 opposition activists

The prosecution of 52 opposition activists who protested against the re-election of 85-year-old Paul Biya as Cameroon president has been abandoned, their lawyer said on Tuesday.

All the activists were arrested in late October in Douala, they were protesting on the sidelines against the election of Biya who won his seven consecutive term.

They all have have been released. Biya has ruled the country for over 36 years, he won the October election by 71% according results that have been disputed.

“The justice ministry has ordered the end of the prosecution of our activists,” said lawyer Emmanuel Sim, also vice-president of the Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), one of the main opposition parties.

MRC opposition candidate, Maurice Kamto was a distant second in the election with 14 percent, he later said the election was a fraud.

Photo credit- Taarifa Rwanda

 

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