Cameroon’s Anglophone separatist leaders have been jailed for life

Ten leaders of the most influential Anglophone separatist movement in Cameroon have been convicted.

Julius Ayuk Tabe, who bears the title “President of the Interim Government of the Federal Republic of Ambazonia (Southern Cameroons)” and nine others were each handed a life sentence on Aug. 20. The accused were also ordered to pay for damages amounting to over $422 million.

A military tribunal in the capital Yaoundé found them guilty of 10 principal charges including secession, hostility to the state, complicity in acts of terrorism, financing acts of terrorism, revolution, insurrection, propagation of false information, amongst others.

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