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Cameroon : Three Men Arrested / Update on Roger Jean Claude Mbede

Three men were arrested by Cameroonian police on the evening of the 26 and 27 July for having sex in a car. The swerving car attracted the attention of Mobile Intervention Group (GMI) No. 1 and when the police stopped the car allegedly two of the men were having sex and one was dressed in woman's clothes. Two of the men remain in prison awaiting trial on 18 August.

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16th August 2011 17:12

Alessia Valenza

The Cameroon Tribune reports (English translation):

The scene took place on the night of July 26 to 27 at a place called "up Madison," the district Mimboman.

N. Hilaire, 36, S. Jonas, alias Dolores, 19, and Franky D., 20 years old alias "Naomie" are currently being held at the police district of the fourth Mimboman. They were arrested on the night of July 26 to 27 last while they were engaging in sex in a car.

One learns to the police headquarters said that a car was…zigzagging on the road…and attracted the attention of a patrol of the Mobile Intervention Group (GMI) No. 1. The police were immediately on the heels of the vehicle. They caught up and made an amazing find. Hilary N., the driver, was being sexually touched by Jonas S., alias Dolores, both sitting in the front. The most incredible thing is that they were dressed in women’s clothing.

The situation got worse when Hilary N. tried to bribe the patrol team with 20 000 F…S. Jonas, alias Dolores, unemployed for two years is gay, we learn of the police Minboman. He solicited in various bars and cabarets of the city. He would ask his clients between 20 000 and 70 000 F F. Along with his "girlfriend" Naomie, (as he refers to his friend Franky D.), they were approached that night by Hilary N. Having agreed on a price, Hilary N. initially wanted to train his lovers in a hotel, but these, for lack of ID cards, refused his proposal. For this reason he decided to bring them back to Mimboman where they were arrested by the police.

En Français:

La scène s’est déroulée dans la nuit du 26 au 27 juillet dernier au lieu dit "Montée Madison", au quartier Mimboman.

Hilaire N., 36 ans, Jonas S., alias Dolorès, 19 ans, et Franky D., âgé de 20 ans alias « Naomie », sont actuellement incarcérés au commissariat du 4e arrondissement de Mimboman. Ils ont été interpellés dans la nuit du 26 au 27 juillet dernier alors qu’ils s’adonnaient à des pratiques sexuelles dans une voiture.

L’on apprend au commissariat dudit quartier que c’est une voiture de marque Toyota Carina E zigzagant sur la route à la montée Madison au quartier Mimboman qui attire l’attention d’une patrouille du Groupement mobile d’intervention (GMI) N°1. Les policiers se mettent immédiatement aux trousses du véhicule. Ils le rattrapent et font alors un constat ahurissant. Au volant, se trouve le prénommé Hilaire N. objet d’attouchements sexuels par Jonas S., alias Dolorès, tous deux assis à l’avant. Le plus incroyable, c’est qu’ils étaient habillés en vêtements de… femmes.

La situation s’aggrave quand Hilaire N., par ailleurs, commerçant au marché du Mfoundi, essaie de soudoyer l’équipe de la patrouille avec 20 000 F. Les policiers décident alors d’embarquer la bande au commissariat. Jonas S., alias Dolorès, sans emploi, est homosexuel depuis deux ans, apprend-on au commissariat de Minboman. Il racolerait dans divers bars et cabarets de la ville. Il demanderait à ses clients entre 20 000 F et 70 000 F. En compagnie de « sa copine » Naomie, (c’est ainsi qu’il désigne son ami Franky D.), ils ont été abordés cette nuit-là par Hilaire N. S’étant entendu sur un prix, Hilaire N. a d’abord voulu entraîner ses amants dans un hôtel, mais ceux-ci, pour défaut de cartes d’identité, ont refusé sa proposition. C’est pour cette raison qu’il a décidé de les ramener à Mimboman où ils ont été arrêtés par la police.

There is an additional article about the arrests in Kai Walai.

According to Alternatives Cameroon, "The three were then held in custody for a week. Two of them – Jonas (19 years) and Francky (20) – remain in prison with an 18 August court date."

Roger Jean Claude Mbede

Alternatives Cameroun also visited Roger Jean Claude Mbede and provided the following report about his condition. "We found Mr. Mbede Roger Jean Claude in a state of moral health and nutritional deplorable. Suffering at the time with his left eye and without treatment or medications. He told us he slept on the ground since his imprisonment, and abandoned by most of his family members who regard him as a wizard."

Amnesty International classified Jean-Claude Mbede as a prisoner of conscience in June, imprisoned solely because of his sexual orientation. Amnesty also issued an urgent action release urging the international human rights community to write letters calling for his immediate and unconditional release.

Cameroonian human rights organisations Association for the Defense of Homosexuals (ADEFHO) and Teenagers Against HIV/AIDS (SID’ADO) reported that Roger Jean-Claude Mbede has been sentenced to 36 months in prison for homosexuality in April.

Human Rights Watch joined these organisations to write to high level Camaroonian officials calling for Roger Jean-Claude Mbede’s unconditional release.