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An environmentalist heavily sentenced in Cameroon!!!

Author: Centre for Environment and Development (CED), (Cameroon) , Published on: 3 November 2015

Mr. Nasako Besingi, Director of the NGO Struggle to Economize our Future Environment (SEFE) was sentenced today by a court in...Cameroon. Nasako Besingi was sued for defamation by the SGSOC Company and two of his former employees...judgment was finally passed on 3 November 2015, and the sentence is heavy for this activist: a fine of 1 million CFA Francs or 3 years imprisonment. He must also pay damages of 10 million CFA Francs to the two civil parties and costs of about 200,000 CFA Francs. Nasako has 24 hours to pay the amount of the fine, otherwise he will be imprisoned for 3 years...Barrister Adolf Malle, lawyer in Kumba, said he was surprised by the conviction of his client and said he would appeal the decision based on most questionable evidence. In 2012, while serving as guide to a team of television journalists making a documentary about the conflicts between Herakles Farms Company (SGSOC) and communities...Nasako Besingi was violently attacked by a group of people...He then wrote a report of the assault, which is now used as defamation. Mr. Nasako Besingi has been sued and arrested several times since the installation of the Herakles Farms Company (SGSOC) in the Southwest region, because of his denunciation of violations of the Law by this company, which started operations...before obtaining a legal land title...The opposition of communities, challenging the legality of the presence of the company on their land and who in their vast majority, condemned this attempt to grab their land, led to numerous conflicts with the company...For Samuel Nguiffo, Secretary General of the Centre for Environment and Development, “The massive influx of investors in the exploitation of land and natural resources can lead to more conflicts of this nature, and it is important that the administration and justice in our country be prepared to manage these tensions. Failure to comply with the law when installing SGSOC Company in the Southwest has been the source of many problems, and the Government must learn from this experience”.

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