Beng Pascal has been freed!! After 3 months of continuous pressure, negotiations, follow up at the Fako High court, Beng Pascal was finally released last week March 21st 2018. He was arrested 28th of September 2015 accused of non-possession of National Identity card and since then was detained at the Buea Central prison where he spent almost 3 years without ever appearing before a judge.
His detention was illegal and constituted violations of his fundamental human rights according to section 5 of law No 90/42 of December 1990 to institute a National Identity Card stating …” whoever does not possess a national identity card shall be punished with imprisonment for from three months to one year or with fine of from 50,000 to 100,000 francs or with both such imprisonment and fine.
We Filed a Habeas Corpus at the Fako High court which finally resulted in his release. We extend our gratitude to the South West Regional branch of the National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms which supported us in this endeavor. We continue to work hard to facilitate access to justice to many other persons languishing in unjustifiably prolonged detention in Cameroon.