Continued judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi

Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders | 18 August 2014

Nasako BesingiNew information
CMR 001 / 1112 / OBS 111.1
Judicial harassment / Impunity
August 18, 2014
   The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in Cameroon.
  New information:
 The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the continued judicial harassment against Mr. Nasako Besingi, Director of the NGO Struggle to Economize Future Environment (SEFE), a local environmental organisation based in Mundemba, Ndian division, Southwest Cameroon.

According to the information received, on September 23, 2014, Mr. Nasako Besingi will appear before the Mundemba Court on charges of “publication of false news via the Internet”, following a complaint filed by the New York based company Herakles Farms. He faces a maximum penalty of six months of imprisonment and a fine of 2,980 euros. Mr. Besingi’s trial, which began on January 14, 2014 in Mundemba court, has already been postponed 10 times. It resumed on June 24, 2014, and is still ongoing. On January 28, 2014, he was granted a recognisance bail of 4,576 euros.
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