Cameroon Politics

Arrested Cameroon opposition leader faces 8 charges

Cameroon’s main opposition chief Maurice Kamto has been charged with insurrection after his arrest on Monday. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges his lawyer confirmed to the media

Christopher Ndong, Mr Kamto’s lawyer, said on Thursday he is facing eight charges including sedition, insurrection and inciting violence.

Maurice Kamto is also facing charges that include hostility against the fatherland and disruption of peace. If he is found guilty, he could face five years to life in prison.

Kamto and members of his Movement for the Renaissance of Cameroon party were arrested on Monday in Douala. The party over the weekend had called for protests against what it called irregularities in the Oct. 7 election that saw President Paul Biya easily win a seventh term. Official results said Kamto finished a distant second.

The vote in October was marred by violence especially in the two English-speaking provinces, which have been hit by more than a year of violent protests and attacks by separatist rebels which have left hundreds dead

Cameroon’s Government had banned anti-government demonstrations that had been due to happen over the weekend and next week. Authourities say that the marches have to be cancelled to preserve public order. 

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