Cameroon’s opposition leader charged with “rebellion”

The former government minister was arrested in the economic capital Douala late last month.
Cameroonian Minister of Justice Professor Maurice Kamto gives a speech during the signing of the hand-over agreement of Bakassi Penninsula to Cameroon on August 14, 2008 in Calabar, southern Nigeria. Nigeria withdrew its civil administration and police from the Bakassi Penninsula and has finally handed the oil rich territory to Cameroon. AFP PHOTO/PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with “rebellion” and “insurrection”, one of his lawyers said Wednesday.

The former government minister was arrested in the economic capital Douala late last month.

The prosecutor’s office of the Yaounde military court filed the charges against Kamto during the night, the lawyer, Emmanuel Simh, said, adding that 28 of his supporters were also charged.

Maurice Kamto and at least 3 other members of his Cameroon Renaissance Movement party have now been transferred to the Kondengui Central Prison in the capital, Yaounde.

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