A military tribunal in Cameroon’s capital Yaounde on Friday sentenced seven activists from Cameroon’s Anglophone region to different terms in prison.
The seven, including Mancho Bibixy, the famous coffin activist, were found guilty different charges in April but sentencing was delivered after a series of adjournments.
Bibixy is also a radio presenter with the alias BBC. He shot to prominence to become the face of the Anglophone struggle against French-majority Cameroon.
They were arrested and put before the court on charges of terrorism, threatening stated security and secession.
The highest term went to Bibixy and another Tsi Conrad, who both bagged 15 years each. Three others, Tha Emile Agwei, Tamngwa Malvin and Aselecha Martin got 13 years each. The remaining two, Awah Thomas and Guingah Valentine were jailed 11 and 10 years respectively.
In an almost immediate reaction to the sentencing, Angle Quintal, head of a journalist rights group, Committee for the Protection of Journalists (CPJ) described it as ‘outrageous.’
They were further ordered to pay damages to the court and to the civil party, local journalists added. 64 million CFA to the court and 204 million CFA to the civil party.
— Angela Quintal (@angelaquintal) May 25, 2018