Ngarbuh massacre: the trial of the three accused soldiers postponed to January 21, 2021

Ngarbuh massacre: the trial of the three accused soldiers postponed to January 21, 2021

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December 18, 2020 0

Ngarbuh massacre: the trial of the three accused soldiers postponed to January 21, 2021

This is the verdict of the hearing opened on December 17, 2020 at the Yaoundé Military Court.

Prosecuted for “murder, arson and destruction, violence against pregnant women and violation of instructions”, the three alleged perpetrators (a gendarme and two soldiers) of the Ngarbuh massacre did indeed present themselves on December 17, 2020 at the opening of their trial at the Yaoundé military court. During the hearing relating to this case, the public prosecutor’s office qualified the acts with which they were accused of “amoral behavior, liable to undermine the honor and dignity of the army”. In the end, the trial was postponed until January 21, 2021.

It must be said that the Ngarbuh affair dates back to February 14, 2020. During the night, an assault by Cameroon’s defense and security forces against a separatist rebel base caused the death of 21 civilians, including 13 children, according to the report. report by the NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW). After an investigation commissioned by Paul Biya, the President of the Republic, the responsibility of the Cameroonian army was finally established in April 2020. According to the investigation report, 10 children and 3 women were killed on February 14 by soldiers supported by a militia of the Fulani ethnic group, in the Ngarbuh district of the village of Ntumbaw, in the North-West region.

Two days before the opening of this trial, the NGO Human Right Watch which intervenes in the defense of human rights demanded a “fair and secure trial” in order to establish all the responsibilities in this case and to punish all guilty. “Survivors and family members of those murdered in Ngarbuh are one step closer to the justice to which they are entitled. Ensuring a fair trial for those accused of the murders – a trial open to the public where all participants feel reassured that their safety is guaranteed – will be crucial in helping to break the cycles of violence and impunity that have plagued Anglophone regions for the past four years. », Could we read in the report made on December 14th.

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