Cameroon Sentences Four Men to Death for Shooting Attack on School

YAOUNDE (Reuters) – A court in Cameroon has sentenced four people to death for their roles in a shooting attack on a school last year that killed seven children and wounded 12 others, according to a court document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

A military court in Buea, the capital of Cameroon’s South West region, found the men guilty of terrorism, assassination, and attempted secession, according to its judgment, which was issued on Tuesday.

The men were sentenced to execution by firing squad in the town square, but their sentences are likely to be converted to life imprisonment. Cameroon has not executed any of the hundreds of prisoners sentenced to death since 1997.

South West is one of two regions where English-speaking secessionists have been battling government forces since 2017 over perceived marginalization by the French-speaking majority in Cameroon. Both sides have committed atrocities during the conflict, which has killed thousands and forced hundreds of thousands to flee.

The court document did not say on what basis it had found the men guilty of secession. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which drew condemnation in Cameroon and abroad.

Lawyers for the four men sentenced were not immediately available for comment.

Four other defendants were sentenced to five months in jail for failing to report the crime. Four others were acquitted.

(Reporting by Josiane Kouagheu; Writing by Cooper Inveen; Editing by Aaron Ross and Grant McCool)

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16 comments

  1. September is here, these terrorists dinosaurs are once again playing politics to buy time for the UNGA. Ambazonia will beat you criminals in battle. Keep condemning innocent me after masterminding the evil yourselves.

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  2. Banana republic with broken judiciary….if I may ask, what happened to the soldiers the government acknowledged ( after initial refusal) they were behind the Ngarbu Mass killings? Who is fooling who? The real killers to be sentenced are roaming in suits within the government.

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    • WISE KING,,,,, do you know the meaning of what is called balance of power in strategic studies?looking from this angle, the law is the will of those who have the hardware to impose it. This is why picking up arms to confront younde was an emotional, but not a thoughtful decision. If it was carefully thought through they should have seen this coming.

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  3. RUBBISH, TOTAL RUBBISH !!!!

    WHY??????

    because LRC is simply playing to the gallery. LRC HAS BECOME VERY DESPERATE AFTER VREALISING THAT THE WAR ON SC IS UNWINNABLE. THE BOYSES AND GIRLSES IN THE BUSHES ARE INDEED INVINCIBLE.

    The kumba massacre was pepertrated by LRC TERRORISTS, not by the accused.
    LRC is simply using the accused as sacrificial lambs.

    Of course, the desecration of justice by the LRC KANGAROO court will only help to increase the momentum of the struggle.

    The VIVRE-ENSEMBLE between SC and LRC is “endgültig und unwiederbringlich gescheitert”.
    A TOTAL, COMPLETE and IRREVERSIBLE SEPARATION IS THE ONLY SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION TO THE ANGLOPHONE QUESTION
    LRC will therefore lose the control over Bakassi oil. That will be bitter.

    BYE-BYE LRC, BAKASSI OIL HERE WE COME!!!!!!!!

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    • **** BREAKING NEWS ****

      My informant at the presidency has informed me that the so-called death penalty is another SCAM by LRC to deceive the international community.

      Hewent further to clarify that:

      Every september, the UNGA and the UN Human rights commission meet. The above-mentioned entities have asked LRC for clarification about the Kumba massacre.
      LRC then decided to come up with this FAKE trial of FIKTICIOUS persons. The identities or photos of the persons were not disclosed. No lawyers on planet erth took part in the sp-called trial. No person on planet earth knew WHEN and WHERE the fictitious persons were arrested.

      In sum,

      there was:

      1. ZERO arrest
      2. ZERO trial
      3. ZERO sentencing
      4. ZERO photos
      5. ZERO names

      LRC is a country ruled by DECEIT, DECEPTION and TERROR

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  4. Kangaroo system of law and disorder meant to appease the CPDM. In the north soldiers executed several women with children on their black at point blank and still not sentence, in Ngaribur 30-40 children executed by the army and still not justice and a staged killings of children in Kumba by the “boyses” of the regime receives death sentences in a kangaroo military court. LRC is on three wheels and time to end all these atrocities in SC is coming near

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  5. Lawyers are window dressings in cameroon, reason why, the verdit can end up this way,
    even when lrc, is a signatory to all international conventions. What did Ayah Paul and
    Balla do, to merit jail times in kondengui? Has any court been able to tell us or produce
    Wazizi? And why is this case special – to close the eyes of the international community
    etc, and continue to showcase Biya and his cpdm.
    I hear it all was on bases of hearsay.

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  6. Bah Acho, you have claimed so much on social media and accomplished so little on the terrain to the point that you are now a joke.

    We are still waiting for the dam you claimed you were constructing in 2018. Your other claim was that it too easy to acquire land title that is how you acquired land near a river to build a dam.

    Your other claim was that India was facing a shortage in the supply of onions which people in Ambazonia should cultivate and export and stop worrying about politics.

    Now your rant is that people shouldn’t have picked up arms against the sadistic Yaounde regime.

    My lord, talk of a nauseating ignoramus and insipid cretin.

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    • My brother forget that fool Bah achu he is a lowlife

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    • AMBAMAN,,,,so if i have done what i told you i will have to publish it here?if that is your expectation ,then it shows how niave you are.the reality is that in oder to be successful one has to be very discrete.this is a rule that is known in all serious civilizations.unfortunately many of our super degree holders whoes minds were mold refined and oriented by aryano christian arrogance turn to do the opposite.this is the reason why they have never succeeded in building something.not even a small company capable of employing one thousand people.they are champions when it comes to creticizing goverment.for them building a dam to tap energy can only be done by goverment like they were told in school.since they have never tried to think differently.they remain poor salaried workers,servants.

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      • even before i said we can cultivate onion and export to india,the turkish and chinese where already doing it.unfortunately telling our super degree holders to go to the farm is considered an insult.while others are quitely exploiting this oppotunities drawing in hard currency and jobs to thier people.right now chinese companies are going round the world looking for organic soy beans to buy with a premuim price.if i tell you to grow soy beans and export to china,either you will say it is an impossibility because biya is still president or an insult.what you dont understand is that before telling you i have already done it.our super degree holders are only interested in creating a fictive republic to export oil and import cricket jackets from china to wear in 45% kikikiki

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        • @Bah Acho have bags of soybeans, let me have your chinese contact

        • BAH ACHO you are a great man. your contributions here are so sensible. not these ambafools who if they talk to a girl and the lady refuses they will put the blame on biya. thank you for talking sense into amba block heads.

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  7. What QUONTITY do you have and where is it?

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