By Andrew Nsoseka
The Centre Regional Court of Appeal, has on December 15, rejected a habeas corpus filed by the defense team of Ayuk Tabe and co, whose arguments was that the leaders were arbitrary arrested and illegally repatriated from Nigeria to Cameroon, and as such, should be released.
The court decision came as the defense team had remained upbeat, expressing hopes that from their debates in court, the judgment was going to be in their favour.
Few hours to the hearing of the case, Journalist Elie Smith, and now a key player in the upcoming All Anglophone General Conference, quoted Barrister Fru John Nsoh, lead counsel for the defense team, as saying, “Tomorrow, (November 15) is the ruling on the fate of Southern Cameroons leaders detained at SED, following the habeas corpus we interjected. In a normal country, they will walk away from Mfoundi Appeal Court as freemen, but given Cameroon’s reality, we just have to be hopeful”.
In the afternoon of December 15, Elie Smith quoted Barrister Fru John Nsoh, as saying that the “habeas corpus we interjected for the release of Anglophone leaders at the Mfoundi Appeal court has been rejected by the judge. We now have 48 hours to file an appeal at the Supreme Court”.