By NFOR Hanson NCHANJI
Yaounde, Cameroon-Wednesday December 27, 2017-11:00 AM Local Time (Cameroon News Agency) The Yaounde Court of First Instance has acquitted detained Cameroonian born with American nationality ,Professor Patrice Nganang, of all charges levied against him following his arrest weeks back in Douala.
The courts decision comes after a marathon session Wednesday as the case which was adjourned to January 19, 2018 was brought up early. A move seen by many as pressure on the Biya regime.
Patrice Ngagang was freed but told to leave Cameroon immediately and never return, his Cameroonian Passport was also seized.
Patrice Nganang was arrested on December 6, 2017 on his way to Harare, at the Douala airport.
In an outing , Communication Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said he was arrested on his way to Harare in Douala after he threatened the life of the Head of State, Paul Biya. He told reporters, the arrest of Mr Nganang comes after a death threat on the life of President Paul Biya in a message posted on his Facebook page on December 3, 2017.”
During the arrest of the Writer, Poet and University Professor, Nganang, two Passports were found in his possession, Cameroonian and American.
Professor Patrice Nganang has been very critical on the Biya regime suggesting that Cameroon needs a new President. He also said if he had the chance, he will kill the Head of State. He has also been very critical on the way the government was handling the Anglophone crisis.
Role of International Community
About 5000 signatories were obtained as the international community took interest in his case. PEN USA, Amnesty International, The African Literature Association, Human Rights Watch, Committee to Protect Journalists, Cameroon Peoples Paarty and other bodies all pressed for his release. International Media organs have been reporting on the issue seen by many as bad advert for Cameroon at this trying moments.
Who Is Patrice Nganang
Professor was born in the nation’s political capital, Yaoundé, and educated in Cameroon and Germany. He is a US citizen with a Ph.D in comparative Literature and will be a visiting Professor in the Humanities Council and Old Dominion Fellow in French at Princeton University.
Nganang is currently a Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at Stony Brook University in New York, USA.
He is the author of several prize-winning novels, including Mount Pleasant and Dog Days as well as several books of Essays and Poetry.
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