Cameroonian prosecutors wind up probe into the homicide of Martinez Zogo

Cameroonian prosecutors wind up probe into the homicide of Martinez Zogo

Cameroonians eulogizing the murdered journalist Martinez Zogo

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Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

The Yaoundé navy courtroom in Cameroon on Friday closed their judicial investigation into the homicide of journalist and former director of radio amplitude FM, Martinez Zogo who died simply over a 12 months in the past.

The trial will now open within the coming weeks in response to the counter-espionage service. The twenty or so accused have all been referred to the courtroom on numerous expenses.

In Cameroon, the tip of this judicial investigation comes simply 5 days after 5 of the detainees had their expenses reclassified. Three members of the DGRE, Cameroon’s counter-espionage service, might be prosecuted for “assassination”.

The businessman and the pinnacle of the Route générale de la recherche extérieure (DGRE) are accused of getting performed a task within the demise of the director of radio Amplitude FM, whose tortured physique was found on the outskirts of Yaoundé in January. Zogo had not been lacking for 5 days earlier than his stays have been situated January 22 close to Soa, a suburb of Yaoundé.

Léopold Maxime Eko Eko is suspected of “having provoked in any method in anyway the torture of Martinez Zogo or given directions to commit it”, within the phrases of the analyzing Justice of the Peace. In the midst of the investigation, the intelligence chief was questioned a number of instances on the substance of the case. Particularly, he was confronted by his sole accuser, Justin Danwe, in addition to a number of brokers working throughout the DGRE on the time of the occasions.

Among the many incriminating components that the investigators: the holding of a gathering throughout which Léopold Maxime Eko Eko, Justin Danwe and several other DGRE technicians allegedly listened to an audio tape attributed to Martinez Zogo, wherein he allegedly made defamatory remarks concerning the head of the intelligence companies.

Within the minutes of the discharge order, quoted by jeune Afrique, the magistrates famous that Eko Eko, Danwe and the witnesses cited had assured them “{that a} assembly had by no means been held on the scenario middle with the journalist Martinez Zogo as the topic”.

Outrage over Zogo’s homicide

The homicide of Salomon Mbani Zogo higher often known as Martinez Zogo left many shocked in Cameroon as NGOs continued to name out violations of press freedom and freedom of speech.

The person in hius fifties was the host of in style each day radio present, Embouteillage or Gridlock in English. On the air, he repeatedly tackled circumstances of corruption and alleged embezzlement, not hesitating to query necessary personalities by title. Amougou Belinga was considered one of them. The businessman is seemingly a pal of a number of ministers.

Fellow journalists paid their respects to Zogo and referred to as for an investigation which Cameroonian President Paul Biya ordered on Thursday, February 2. The probe into the kidnapping and subsequent brutal killing of the journalist led to the arrests of Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga and Léopold Maxime Eko Eko.

Reporters with out Borders alleged that “the result of the investigations [remained] very unsure because the affair’s ramifications attain as much as the very best degree of the state whereas the political setting [was] described by a number of native sources as verging on rebel.”

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