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CRM Lawyers, Gov’t Spokesperson In Tug-Of-War Over Alain Fogue’s Deteriorating Health

Yaoundé (National Times)-The health of the Treasurer General of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) Professor Alain Fogue is fast deteriorating following a hunger strike he embarked on since January 30.

According lawyers representing Maurice Kamto, Prof Alain Fogue needs urgent medical attention.

While speaking in Yaoundé on Wednesday, the Lead Counsel for Kamto and those arrested following the January 26 protest, Barrister Emmanuel Simh said Fogue’s situation is very critical. He said the main reason for the hunger strike is to press the State to release those arrested who Fogue believes are innocent and were merely expressing their rights.

He also announced that most of those arrested including Kamto have already been interrogated by security officers but another worrying situation is that of some of their militants in the West Region.

According to Simh, these persons, three of them were first of all arrested, later released and when they went to give statements to security officers they were arrested and overnight transferred to Yaoundé without following due process.

He announced that Kamto is in good spirit and they are waiting for the opening of the court session. He classified the entire process as politically motivated as those detained have never received warrant of arrests.

Moreover, some of them are detained in facilities which are not meant for pre-trial detention.

On her part, the Government of Cameroon through the Minister of Communication has dispelled rumours that the health situation of arrested members of the Cameroon Renaissance Movement (CRM) is deteriorating.

According to a message from the Ministry of Communication, Kamto is presently doing well and in good shape.

“Mr Maurice Kamto is currently healthy and eats well. Any allegation to the contrary is unfounded,” a message on the twitter handle of the Ministry of Communication read.

In the meantime, many international organisations have written to the Government of Cameroon urging her to release Kamto and co. The latest is from the UN International Law Committee urging the UN Secretary General to pressurise the Cameroon Government to respect Kamto’s rights.


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