The Judges at the Yaoundé military court failed to produce witnesses against Barrister Agbor Balla, Dr Fontem Neba, Mancho Bibixy and 24 others on Thursday April 27, 2017 during the second hearing. The 17 witnesses who are mostly Francophone military officers did not show up at the witness box as was expected by the defense counsel. La Republique’s military tribunal did not give reasons for their absence.
The case took another twist when the defense decided to apply for bail either on charges or judicial surveillance. The matter was adjourned to May 24, 2017, a date in which the court will decide whether to grant bail or not.
The defense also argued that no lawyer was eligible to defend the claimant because the President of the Cameroon Bar Council had not given his okay. They based their argument on the fact that according to their rules, no lawyer or lawyers can stand against his colleague in the Bar if the Batonnier had not accepted within 15 days. But 15 days had long elapsed in the Agbor Balla-Fontem affair.
Source: Cameroon Info.Net