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World Murder of civilians in Cameroon: 4 soldiers sentenced to 10 years in prison

13:20  22 september  2020
13:20  22 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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Four Cameroonian soldiers were sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for the execution-style killings of two women and their children, one of them a baby, in a region where the army is fighting jihadists. A fifth soldier received a two-year sentence . A video broadcast on social media in July

Four Cameroonian soldiers were sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for the execution-style killings of two women and their Three soldiers were charged with murder in June over a massacre earlier this year in western Cameroon , where security forces are fighting anglophone separatists.

Des militaires camerounais de la force d'intervention anti-Boko Haram, le 17 juillet dernier, dans le nord du Cameroun. © AFP PHOTO / REINNIER KAZE Cameroonian soldiers of the anti-Boko Haram intervention force, on July 17, in northern Cameroon.

Four Cameroonian soldiers were sentenced to ten years in prison on Monday, September 21, and another to two years for the 2015 murder of two women and their two children, executed at close range in the north of the country. The video of their murder, broadcast in July 2018, caused a scandal on social networks and an outcry internationally.

With our correspondent in Yaoundé, Polycarpe Essomba

Four of the five soldiers still on trial received the heaviest sentence: ten years imprisonment for each. They were found guilty of murder, violation of instructions and complicity in the same facts.

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Four Cameroonian soldiers were sentenced Monday to 10 years in prison for the execution-style killings of two women and their children, one of them a baby, in a region where the army is fighting jihadists. A fifth soldier received a two-year sentence . A video broadcast on social media in July

Four Cameroonian soldiers received 10 - year prison sentences on Monday for the killing of two women and two children in an incident that sparked On Monday, the court found three of the soldiers guilty of murder , while their commander Etienne Fabassou was found guilty of complicity in murder

The fifth and final accused only took two years. Declared not guilty of acts of assassination, he was however convicted of violating instructions. The other two defendants had already been acquitted in a previous judgment handed down on August 17. The lawyer for one of the convicts said after this verdict that he was going to appeal.

A viral video

This affair hit the headlines a few years ago. In July 2018, a video that went viral on social networks, indeed showed men in military uniform, engaged in a summary execution of two women, blindfolded, as well as a girl and a baby as one of the women. wore on the back.

The events which took place in a locality in the far north of Cameroon in the grip of the war against Boko Haram, had initially been contested by the government, which then evoked a horrible rigging. After investigation, the soldiers involved had ended up being arrested.

■ The bitterness of human rights defenders

Following this condemnation, human rights activists are disappointed. The Network of Human Rights Defenders in Central Africa , the Redhac, believes that those behind the killings were not tried in this trial, which took place behind closed doors at the Yaoundé military court.

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