The detained separatist leaders rejected their Cameroonian nationality at the Yaounde military tribunal as their case opened.
Appearing before military tribunal for the first time in public, the ten accused all turned down the Cameroonian nationality when their names and nationalities were read.
Julius Ayuk Tabe set the ball rolling when he stood and the magistrate could not find any nationality that he would accept. Then Nfor Ngala Nfor, who also rejected the Cameroonian nationality, read for his name and stressed that he is a Southern Cameroonian.
“That country does not yet exist,” the President of the court, Col. Abega Mbezoa epse Eko Eko snapped back at the men, but it do not dissuade the others from rejecting the Cameroonian nationality.
This defense counsel questioned the court over the submission of the list of witnesses by the State Prosecutor. According to the defense, they only received the list of witnesses from the Prosecution on Wednesday, the day before the trial, in direct violation of Cameroon’s Criminal Procedure Code.
Charges were not brought against the ten today, but the court states they are charged with secession, revolution, insurrection, hostility against the state, creation of armed groups, propagation of false information, terrorism, undermining internal and external security of the state and non-possession of a national identification card.