Lawyers boycott all courts in Cameroon

Lawyers in Cameroon have begun a boycott of all courts in protest against what they describe as police brutality.

Earlier this month police officers assaulted and tear-gassed several lawyers who were trying to get bail for their colleagues who had been arrested over allegations of corruption.

The fracas resulted in two more lawyers being arrested – they were later given six month suspended sentences.

The president of the Bar Council in Cameroon, Evaristus Morfaw, said the legal profession was being targeted in what he called a systematic crackdown. He said the strike would continue for the next five days.


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