Cameroon: Writer’s detention extended by six months
International PEN’s Writers in Prison Committee reports to have seen documentation showing that the jailed Cameroonian writer Enoh Meyomesse will continue to be detained at Kondengui Central Prison in Yaoundé until the 30 December 2012, despite facing no charges.
This means that the writer will have spent 13 months in prison – including one month spent in solitary confinement – without ever having been convicted of a crime. A judge ordered the extension of Meyomesse’s detention so that the prosecutor could ostensibly search for evidence against the writer.
The Writers in Prison Committee is appalled by the malicious detention of Enoh Meyomesse and calls for his immediate release.
Enoh Meyomesse, 58, is the author of numerous books and is a founding member of the Cameroon Writers Association. He was arrested on 22 November 2011 and charged with 1) attempting to organise a coup 2) possessing a firearm 3) aggravated theft. Meyomesse denied all charges and maintained that he had been arrested because of views expressed in his writings, and for his political activism.
International PEN – 5 July 2012:
Writer Enoh Meyomesse’s detention extended by 6 months
International PEN – 20 June 2012:
All charges against writer Enoh Meyomesse dropped; still in prison and facing blindness