Contra Nocendi International and Contra Nocendi Cameroon announced today that they are collaborating to provide pro bono legal services to a Cameroonian minor being held in prolonged pre-trial detention. The minor, whose name we are withholding for privacy reasons, was 14 at the time of their arrest in last 2017. This child must be returned to his parents and CNI and CN Cameroon intend to make sure that happens.
We have so far been provided no credible evidence that the minor was given access to counsel nor are we in possession of any credible evidence that the minor has been before a judge at any time during his detention. Our on-going investigation also indicates that a writ of remand has not been issued by a competent judicial body for the detention of said minor. We are also deeply concerned about evidence of injury on the body of the minor that shows signs that the minor may have been exposed to acts of torture. Sadly, the heartbreak does not end there. Despite the minor’s injuries, we have nothing to prove that medical attention has been provided.
Following up on a referral to CN Cameroon, CNI’s legal team and CN Cameroon acted quickly to acquire as much documentation as possible. The initial assessment brought such concern to both teams that it was clear that we must act. A petition for a writ of habeas corpus has been filed on behalf of the minor and in respecting the wishes of his family. CNI has also paid the filing fee for the minor.
We are hopeful of a swift resolution to this matter. This child deserves to be returned to their family immediately and we will fight for the child’s release.
Contra Nocendi International and Contra Nocendi Cameroon will make further statements on this matter as necessary.