A Cameroonian court has postponed the trial of ten Anglophone separatist leaders to August 20 because of problems with the use of French for proceedings. This is one of the reasons for the beginning of protests in the English-speaking majority regions in 2016 derived from a conflict in the country.
The Central Region Court of Appeals had to postpone the case against Sisuku Ayuk Tebe, president of the self-proclaimed Republic of Ambazonia, and nine other defendants for language problems, the Journal du Cameroun newspaper reported.
Ayuk Tabe and the other defendants did not get up from their seats after being called by the judge who spoke French. That’s why lawyers have criticized the court for being “judged in a language they don’t understand”. Finally, the judge adjourned the hearing.
The defendants are attempting to overturn the life sentence sentenced by a military court in Yaundé in August 2019 after having been sentenced, among other things, for secession and terrorism.