Yaounde (National Times)-The trial of Cameroon’s separatists’ leaders suffered a foreseeable adjournment Monday April 29th as both clients and their counsels stayed away from the hearing in keeping with a statement issued in protest of court proceedings.
The next hearing of the case will be on May 17th. Magistrates at the military court took the new date in the absence of separatists’ lords and their lawyers.
Developments at the military court on Monday turned out in line with the dictates of a statement which Barrister Tanyi Amungwa head of the media and communication team of the separatists’ leaders issued days to the hearing.
Lawyers of Sisiku Ayuk Tabe and co argue that, until the Appeal court of the Centre Region rules over a petition filed for the reconstitution of the panel of judges, the case cannot advance. They argued that, the matter at the military court should be stayed in line with legal practice pending the outcome of the case at the higher court; in this case the Appeal court.
According to the release of the separatists’ counsels, the boycott of hearings at the military court is for an indefinite period . Observers of Cameroon’s boiling political landscape fear that such legal delays will help to prolong the conflict across the English-speaking Regions.