The Accused Persons in the case The People Vs Sisiku Julius AYUK TABE & 9 others were brought to court at about 12.00 midday. By the time they arrived The courtyard which is in the heart of a military command center was heavily militarized and servicemen and women in mufty brought to fill the seats of the court hall so that family and friends of the Accused Persons and other Ambazonians can be sent away or denied entry into the yard on lame and ridiculous reason that the court hall is full.
Correspondingly, several family members were denied access even into the yard to stand outside the court and follow the proceedings. Some of French Cameroun soldiers sat directly behind the Accused Persons and constantly threw abusive slangs on them expressing the desire to see the court deal with these Ambazonia terrorists accordingly.
The court session however didn’t begin till about 1.00pm when the panel of Judges presided over by Lt Col. MISSE MISSE Jacques Baudouine entered the military court hall and declared the session open. As soon as the Registrar in Chief who was Chief court clerk summoned the Accused Persons to the dock at instance of Presiding Judge and read out the statement of 12 offences alleged to have been committed by the Accused with 11 of them carrying the Death Sentence, Prof Awasum Augustine sought leave of court and presented the deteriorating health situation of the Accused Persons especially Dr NDE CHE Fidelis, TASSANG Wilfred and also Barrister EYAMBE Elias EBAI who had even paid sum of 200000 frs but was still to be attended to by the ophthalmologist two weeks after.
He catalogued this situation aggravated by the Hunger Strike they were compelled by circumstances to engage and pleaded with the court for an adjournment of the case for them to get medical attention and come back to court healthy! The court took note the situation but insisted that trial should go on especially as to him the detainees are sick because they voluntarily engaged in the Hunger Strike. He then called on the Military State Counsel better known by the French appellation Commissaire du Gouvernement CG to open the case for the prosecution.
Batonier emeritus Barrister ETA BESONG Jr who led the defense team of more than 60 lawyers present in court took the floor and eloquently objected to the court going on with the proceedings because of a pending Interlocutory Appeal in the car which is pending before the Supreme Court and so by law proceedings in the main suit before all lower jurisdictions ought to be adjourned sine die (without date) pending the decision of the Supreme Court!
Barristers SUH FUH Benjamin and Paddy YONG also spoke objecting to court proceedings on account of poor health situation of their clients, the Accused Persons. Rather than adjourn the case for these reasons, the court proceeded to explain how the pending appeals were baseless which infuriated the defense Counsel and they argued strenuously that the court cannot usurp the role of the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court and make any pronouncements whatsoever. The court session became very stormy to extent that after close to 3 hrs of arguments that involved the CG and Counsel for the Civil Party, counsel for defense all stormed out of court in protest against intransigence of the judges and their insensitivity to the plight of their clients.
Barrister ACHU Julius one of the lawyers for the State of Cameroun, had urged the court not to give any attention to international law and diplomacy, to ignore the presence of the foreigners (2 Americans) sitting in the court hall and deliver a Camerounians Justice
With the embarrassment of lawyers storming out of court, the court rose for a short break of 15 minutes at 4.10pm. When the court session resumed at 4.55pm, Dr NDE CHE Fidelis had developed a malaise and was being attended to by some unidentified staff from the military hospital. The presiding judges sat silent on the dais in open court for more than 30 minutes while the said nurses attended to Dr Nde Che. They took his blood pressure, made other checks and even questioned him for lying on a bench in court.
One Colonel. Abeng said to be a medical doctor who was already in the dock as first prosecution witness PW1, against the Accused Persons, tried to consult the patient in open court before gaze and view of the entire public and Dr NDE CHE refused not only because the consultation was public but most especially because Colonel Abeng had come to testify and give false evidence that the Accused Persons including him should be executed. He observed that the same individual cannot be the one to consult him and even send for medication for him.
From information provided to court by Prof Awasum himself a medic and an internationally renowned Professor of Surgery from Ahmadou Bello University, Zaria, Dr NDE CHE Fidelis is a Renal patient with series of complications per his medical records which are known to the prosecution as he’s been attended to both by the medical doctors of the Gendarmerie Hospital when they were detained incommunicado at SED for 11 months and subsequently by the doctors of the Yaounde prison hospital all under control of the CG. A senior nurse from the military hospital was summoned by the Col Dr Abeng in the dock and ordered to sit by Dr NDE CHE lying on the bench and probably take care of any eventuality.
Shockingly enough, instead of adjourning the case because of the health situation of the Accused Persons before the court and especially the absence of their counsel who had stormed out, Lt Col MISSE MISSE sought the opinion of the CG and Counsel for the State party, the Civil Claimant and when they indicated their readiness to do their case, he ordered Col Dr Abeng, the PW1 to give his testimony.
Sisiku Julius AYUK TABE, Shufai Blaise SEVIDZEM BERINYUY, EYAMBE Elias EBAI and Dr Cornelius NJIKIMBI KWANGA each took turns to plead with the court to adjourn the case on account of the their poor health and to also give them the opportunity to talk with their lawyers to understand why they stormed out of court or brief new counsel in vain. They even asked the court how they could be prosecuting patients with one of them being attended to in open court and lying there flat on the bench. They told the judges to their face that they were clearly biased and were doing Injustice and that it’s a shame for la Republique du Cameroun judiciary. They also questioned how and why Colonel Dr Abeng a Bulu man brought to justify their execution could be expected to consult them and whether the Accused Persons no longer had no right medical doctor of choice.
Lt Col MISSE MISSE Jacques and his panel that included Magistrate EDOU MEWOUTOU Fidele Armand and NGOUONGUE TIANI Sandrine didn’t budge and insisted on continuing with prosecution case claiming that the examination of Dr NDE CHE by the military nurses brought by them revealed that he could take his case and more especially he had denied to be attended to by the qualified Medical doctor in court, PW1.
The Accused Persons all stood up and started rioting in court shouting to make sure that the proceedings do not continue. Even the special microphones and huge speakers that had been brought to court could not help! The CG on instructions of the court tried more than 4 times to lead the witness give evidence in vain as the Accused Persons shouted even louder each time asking the court to order them to be taken back to prison and then the court could continue with its charade or parody of a trial.
There was total disorder and the court was forced to take another break at about 7.00pm with Dr NDE CHE Fidelis still lying helpless on the bench. The court resumed hearing at 7.59 pm and shamelessly announced that they’ve now considered the request of the Accused Persons for adjournment due to poor health and is adjourning the case to August 19 for continuation of Prosecution case.
A Cameroon Intelligence Report Production