Kah Walla leading protest march
Supreme court judge Ayah Paul Abine has reacted to the arrest of opposition party leader ,Kah Walla and others during last Friday’s protest March in Yaoundé following the Eseka train derailment.
In a statement of indignation published by the POPULAR ACTION PARTY,Ayah Paul Abine wrote ;
Entangled in the hold-up that usually characterizes presidential movement in Yaounde, the leadership of Popular Action Party received information about the arrest of Mrs. Kah Walla and others of CPP quite belatedly this evening. Banking on the veracity of the account about the arrest on face book, we wish to declare as follows:
The law of the land relative to meetings provides unambiguously that organizers of meetings must declare such meetings to the divisional officer having territorial jurisdiction at least three days to the holding of the meetings, under the following circumstances:
– Where the meeting is to hold in a public place.
– Where the meeting is to hold in a place open to the public.
– Where the participants in the meeting would march in the street.
We are in no doubt that the CPP office in Yaounde is neither a public place nor a place open to the public in the spirit of the law. As the participants were not marching in the street, it is abundantly clear that their arrest has no legal basis whatsoever. In the absence of any legal basis, the arrest is of course total illegality, and every one moment those arrested are held or have been held constitutes false imprisonment, oppression and abuse of human rights!
We of Popular Action Party and of JUSTICE4ALL hereby demand the immediate release of all those unlawfully detained, and that adequate compensation should be paid to the victims for irresponsible privation of liberty and freedom perpetrated against them by the forces of law and order.
Besides, we hereby express our total solidarity with the victims; and solemnly pledge and offer our legal services wherever and when so ever required.
Done at Yaounde, this Friday, the 28th day of October, 2016
AYAH Paul ABINE
Popular Action Party
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