Prominent Muslim Scholar and Southern Cameroons activist finally released after a month in detention
The Director of Peace research Center Bamenda was released from detention on 1 Novenber 2019 by the Dictatorial regime in Yaounde.Abdul Karim Ali was taken to the State Defence Secretariat (Secrétariat d’État à la défense, SED) in Yaoundé. His whereabouts were finally made public on September 30 when he was taken before the Yaoundé Military Court and charged with acts of terrorism, financing terrorism, and secession.
Vibrant muslim scholar and activist Abdul Karim Ali has given thanks to Allah, few minutes after his release from SED.
“Allahu Akbar. Dear Southern Cameroonians, God answered your prayers. Your servant is free.God bless you,” he wrote.
— Mimi Mefo Info (@Mimimefo237) November 1, 2019
This is not the first time Mr Abdul Karim Ali has been apprehended without any justifiable cause.This year he was arrested in front of the Public Security Police Post old town Bamenda on January 25, 2019, few minutes after taking part in the evening prayers and latter released.
#Cameroon Good news: Abdul Karim Ali, an outspoken Anglophone activist and political analyst, has been released today. Arrested arbitrarily on September 25, he was denied access to a lawyer for five days, in violation of Cameroonian law and detained at SED.
— ilaria allegrozzi (@ilariallegro) November 1, 2019
Human rights organisations including Amnesty international have been calling for him to be freed .This international pressure on the oppressive dictatorship in Yaounde may have helped his liberation,but thousands of Southern Cameroonians remain incarcerated across the Country under very difficult conditions including Southern Cameroons leaders illegally abducted in Nigeria and handed to oppressive regime in Yaounde without due process,in violation of international law.