Yaounde - Rights groups have denounced the sentencing of
three youths jailed ten years for sharing a joke about the Nigerian Boko Haram terror
Tertiary student, Fomusoh Ivo Feh (27), has been jailed
alongside his two friends, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob, whose ages
were not given, following a trial by the military court of Yaounde´.
The court found them guilty of ‘non-denunciation of
Feh sent his friends a sarcastic message referring to the Islamic
militant group that has killed thousands and displaced scores more in Cameroon
and Nigeria among other countries in the Lake Chad Basin.
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They were arrested in December 2014 and held in police
custody in Douala before being transferred to Yaounde´ Prison in January 2015.
Samira Daoud, Amnesty International deputy regional director
for West and Central Africa, said the trio should never have been arrested in
the first place, as they were exercising their right to freedom of expression.
“Instead of being in school like their friends, these three
young men will now spend years of their lives in prison for a simple joke,”
Daoud said the ruling was evidence Cameroonian military
courts should not have jurisdiction to try civilians.
“The Cameroonian authorities must quash their conviction and
sentence and immediately and unconditionally release all three of them.”
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