Further Chaos in Cameroun as Lawyers call for boycott action

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Peterkins Manyong, Douala, Cameroun

AmbaNews24 has gathered from a translated version of Resolution No: 008/2020 by the Cameroon Bar Association that indicates further chaos in Cameroun as lawyers call for boycott actions. The resolutions read as follows:

The Cameroon Bar Council calls for a Court boycott from November 30- December 4, 2020. It equally decided to cancel the judicial honors for the late Bar President Tchakoute PATIE Charles, initially scheduled to take place at the Court of Appeal in Douala and the Supreme Court in Yaounde.

It equally Suspends the appearance of lawyers in criminal matters in all the courts and also suspends all appearances by lawyers in all courts dealing with electoral disputes, including the Constitutional Council; after the nationwide strike action.

IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND AND TWENTY AND ON THE TWENTY-FIRST DAY OF NOVEMBER

Sitting in an Extra-Ordinary Bar Council Session convened by the Interim Bar President Barrister ATANGANA BIKOUNA Claire, enlarged to include the President of the General Assembly of the Bar Association, Barrister MORFAW Evaristus NKAFU,

IN THE PRESENCE OF

1.Me ATANGANA BIKOUNA Claire (Bâtonnier Pi)

2.MEMONG Philippe Olivier (Secrétaire)

3.Me NTOKO Justice EBAH

4.Me MBUYAH Gladys FRI

5.Me FOJOU Pierre Robert

6.Me DEUGOUE Raphaël

7.Me MOHAMADOU SOULEYMANOU

8.Me MBAH Eric MBAH

9.Me NGOS Daniel Blaise

10.Me AKUM Michael NCHE (Trésorier)

CONSIDERING THAT, following the resolutions of the Bar Council dated the 13 of November 2020, relating to police brutality on lawyers on the 10 of November 2020 at the Court of First Instance Bonanjo, Douala, which condemned the said acts and called for exemplary sanctions against the perpetrators, two Douala based Lawyers, Lawyers TAMFU NGARKA Tristel Richard and TCHUENMENGNE KEMMEGNE Armel, eyewitnesses to this brutality were, without any prior summons or warrant, waylaid and apprehended by elements of the Judicial Police of the Littoral Region and charged with Insulting a Magistrate, destruction and Commenting on a matter which is sub judis. These Lawyers were detained from the 18 to the 20 of November 2020 and later remanded in custody by the State Counsel of the said court, to be tried under the flagrante delito procedure on the 23 of November 2020.

Lawyers are constantly humiliated by security forces

Investigations reveal that the State Counsel of the Court of First Instance Bonanjo, Douala, has ordered for the arrest and detention of 15 lawyers; some of whom are either victims or eyewitnesses of the November 10 incident. The incarceration of these two colleagues points to the fate of the remaining 13 lawyers on his list. This leaves no one in doubt as to the existence of an elaborate scheme to persecute Lawyers through judicial actions, as well as the avowed resolve of some Magistrates to denigrate Lawyers and impede on the exercise of their profession at all levels.

In the face of this glaring evidence of a scheme to persecute Lawyers who are now treated as miscreants;

THE BAR COUNCIL HEREBY

CALLS on Lawyers, more than ever before, to be cautious, calm and vigilant, in order to avoid provocation and violent confrontation, at the risk of falling into the multiple snares designed to weaken the Bar, particularly at this difficult moment when we lost and are preparing to bury the late Bar President.

DECIDES, besides the ensuing measures and without prejudice to any other subsequent measures to be taken, including the convening of a protest Extra-Ordinary General Assembly and, until an end is put to this cabal by the release of all lawyers in detention, on the one hand, and in a bid to revamp the tarnished image of the profession, on the other hand;

THE MEMBERS PRESENT UNANIMOUSLY DECIDE AS FOLLOWS

Article 1: CANCEL THE JUDICIAL HONOURS for the late Bar President, TCHAKOUTE PATIE Charles, initially scheduled to take place at the Court of Appeal of the Littoral Region in Douala and the Supreme Court in Yaounde. The said judicial honors shall take place in a different location, more accommodating to Lawyers, which will be communicated later.

Article 2: CALL FOR A NATIONWIDE STRIKE from the 30 of November to the 4 of December 2020, during which no lawyer shall attend court.

Article 3: SUSPEND, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, the appearance of lawyers in criminal matters in all the courts throughout the National territory, including the Supreme Court and the Special Criminal court, and also suspend all appearances by lawyers in all courts dealing with electoral disputes, including the Constitutional Council; after the nationwide strike action referred to in Article 2 above.

Article 4. The Secretary of the Bar is charged with the production and publication of this resolution which shall be kept in the archives of the Bar.

Bar Secretary The interim Bar President

Barr Phillipe MEMONG Barr. ATANGANA BIKOUNA Claire