The WGAD initiated a review of the case involving newscaster Mancho Bibixy Tse in response to the 14 July 2018 LRWC letter identifying his trial and sentencing as unlawful. The WGAD sought and obtained submissions from Cameroon and invited LRWC’s response. Mancho Bibixy, a popular radio personality reporting on injustices suffered by Anglophone Cameroonians, was convicted by a military tribunal in April 2018 and subsequently sentenced to 15 years in prison and a fine of 268 million francs CFA (408,564 Euros). He was convicted on charges of “acts of terrorism”, “secession”, “propagation of false information”, “revolution”, “insurrection”, “contempt of public bodies and public servants”, and “hostility against the homeland”. LRWC filed submissions in response to those of Cameroon on 5 February 2019 and 14 February 2019 (prepared by Rob Lapper Q.C., Gail Davidson, and Felix Nkongho). LRWC submissions highlighted violations of rights to assembly, dissent, expression, fair trial; trial before a civilian court, legal aid, and freedom from discriminatory prosecution. LRWC also submitted that the charges violated the principle of legal certainty and the sentence failed to respect dignity and rights (nullum crimen, nulla poena sine lege apta), and failed to satisfy the principle of necessity (nullum crimen, nulla poena sine necessitate), the prerequisite of injustice (nullum crimen, nulla poena sine injuria), and the principle of guilt (nullum crimen, nulla poena sine culpa).

Source: lrwc.org

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