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Arrested Anglophone Leaders finally make public appearance, but pictures elude public vetting

Yaoundé (National Times)- New pictures on the morphology of detained Cameroon separatists’ leader have eluded public view, despite a historic public appearance for the first time in court today, Thursday, November 1.

Millions of Cameroonians, especially Anglophones had been waiting for their first public outing to get a glimpse of how they look following their over nine months incarceration. Judicial authorities seem to have put in place strict disposition to prevent the snapping of such pictures.

Their appearance is in pursuit of an habeas corpus application which their lawyers executed seeking for bail to be granted the Anglophone leaders. The case has been adjourned to November 15.

After brief hearings prior to midday, the reports hold that there was a brief break of about 15 minutes. Security dispositions went into play. Around 12.29PM, Sisiku and co surfaced from a white bus and moved straight into the Magistrate’s chambers.

Hearings commenced indoors. Around 2;27 PM the detained leaders emerged from the chambers back into the bus that brought them to the court.  The leaders surfaced in blue, black and lemon green tracksuits. Most of the detainees are said to have developed grey hair owing to the long period of detention.

Barrister Fru John Nsoh, Lead Counsel of the detained leaders told reporters that it is a historic day in his life as a lawyer and that of his clients. Fru said after five adjournments, the matter finally came up for hearing with his clients present.

He averred that the Anglophone leaders are happy given that it is the first time for them to tell their story to a court. The leaders were arrested in Nigeria on January 5 this year.

The detained leaders comprise of, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius, Nfor Ngala Nfor, Dr Fidelis Nde Che, Henry Kimeng, Professor Awasum, Dr Cornelius Kwanga, Barrister Eyambe Elias Ebai, Tassang Wilfred, Dr Orgok Ntui and Shufai Blaise Berinyuy.

 

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