Cameroon opposition leader walks free from jail

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A military court in Cameroon has freed opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who had been in prison for nine months and facing charges of insurrection.

His release, along with that of dozens of his supporters, comes as President Paul Biya is aiming to strike a more conciliatory tone.

Mr Kamto was detained after organising protests in January against the result of last year’s presidential election.

The president, in power for 37 years, is trying to quell a separatist revolt.

He won a seventh term in office in polls last October. Mr Kamto, running for the Cameroon Renaissance Movement MRC, was his nearest challenger, gaining only 14.2 percent of the vote.

The MRC said the election result was rigged.

 

 

Dominica Nwabufo