Cameroon’s attorney-general asks court not to release journalist

first_img“It is stated in black and white in the medical reports that were submitted to the court that only this journalist’s provisional release will enable him to undergo appropriate medical treatment,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Continuing to hold Amadou Vamoulké after he has already spent more than three years in preventive detention on charges never substantiated by the prosecution, although two neurologists confirm that he has a severe illness and although one of his co-defendants is not in detention, constitutes horrific persecution. There are no grounds, legal or moral, for keeping him in prison.” November 21, 2019 Cameroon’s attorney-general asks court not to release journalist May 19, 2021 Find out more Amadou Vamoulké, l’ex-directeur général de la CRTV lors de la 24e audience de son procès devant le Tribunal criminel spécial de Yaoundé, le 21 novembre 2019. Organisation RSF_en When RSF visited Vamoulké in prison at the start of this week, he said that he has “pains in both feet that keep him awake at night” and that he has received “no additional treatment or tests” since September, when he was diagnosed with neuropathy. Several members of RSF’s staff, British and Canadian embassy representatives and Cameroonian and foreign journalists attended today’s hearing, the 24th in Vamoulké’s trial on charges of misusing state funds when he ran the state-owned national radio and TV broadcaster, CRTV. After a group of French parliamentarians raised the case in February, the French foreign ministry said “the prosecution has not produced evidence of the appropriateness of its case,” and promised to pay close attention to the conclusions of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, to which RSF first referred the case in January. The hearing lasted only 12 minutes, the time it took for the court to hear the attorney-general argue that the request for his provisional release should be rejected because the gravity of the charges prevented him from benefitting from the Cameroonian criminal code’s “benevolent provisions.” Follow the news on Cameroon to go further Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case On 12 November, RSF used an emergency procedure to refer his case to the UN special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment and to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, enclosing copies of the two medical reports. Receive email alerts CameroonAfrica ImprisonedJudicial harassment May 31, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Cameroon is ranked 131st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News During today’s hearing, neither the attorney-general nor the judges made any reference to the fact that he is being denied appropriate medical care, which violates the most basic legal principles. The request for Vamoulké’s release, submitted by his lawyers at the previous hearing, was  accompanied by two medical certificates saying he needs tests and treatment that are not available in Cameroon. It also included a copy of the title to his home, because he has been kept behin bars on the grounds of “absence of a known residence.” Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system News Vamoulké was CRTV’s director-general from 2005 to July 2016, when he was arrested on a charge of misusing several millions of euros in state funds, not for personal ends but with the sole aim of benefitting CRTV. No evidence to support this charge has been produced at any of the 24 trial hearings so far held. Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court News By asking Cameroon’s Special Criminal Court to reject a request for Amadou Vamoulké’s release at today’s hearing in Yaoundé, the attorney-general could be endangering this eminent journalist’s health, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling for him to be granted access to the tests and treatment he needs. A decision is expected on 28 November. CameroonAfrica ImprisonedJudicial harassment News After the attorney-general presented his arguments, the court adjourned until 28 November to render its decision. Help by sharing this information April 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Meet Brooklynite Standout Nicolette Robinson!

first_img Nicolette Robinson Brooklynite View Comments Related Shows Age: 26Hometown: Los Angeles, CACurrent Role: Astrolass, Brooklyn’s most celebrated superhero who secretly longs to be normal, in the new off-Broadway musical Brooklynite.Stage & Screen Cred: After graduating from UCLA, Robinson appeared in Billy Porter’s 2008 production of Once On This Island and early workshops of Brooklynite. She plays Jane, the best friend of Alison (Ruth Wilson) in The Affair on Showtime.“I was a really outgoing kid. I’d be in the other room and you’d hear me belting my face off, playing the piano as loud as I could so everyone in the house could hear it. I was kind of obnoxious, but very sweet and well-meaning!”“After seeing my husband Leslie [Odom, Jr.] in Hamilton, I’m so overwhelmed with pride. We’ve been together for six years, and knowing each other’s journeys fills me with so much joy. I have to catch myself because I start crying at a place where you’re not supposed to cry!”“I’m shy and I don’t like to make my friends watch me on TV, but people come up to me and are like, ‘Guess what? I started The Affair last night!’ We had no idea it would be received as well as it was when we were filming. But it’s an intense show to binge-watch—good luck, don’t get too depressed!”“My costume in the show is tight! [Choreographer] Steven Hoggett does a workout with us every day and kicks our asses, but I don’t have the most self-control when it comes to food. I love carbs and desserts, so there are definitely days where I say, ‘Why did I eat that chocolate cake before the show?!’””Matt Doyle is the best. He’s so talented and has an amazing voice, and he’s a dream of a human being and scene partner. He’s one of my dear friends now, forever. I love him.”“It’s amazing they created Brooklynite around a female superhero and cast an African-American woman. It’s awesome and very empowering. I can definitely walk down the street with more of a raised posture and confidence. Being a superhero starts to rub off.”center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015 Nicolette Robinson photographed by Caitlin McNaney for Star Fileslast_img read more

Tipp to make the most of their opportunities in All Ireland QF

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