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Three Held For Questioning In Eric Ohena Lembembe Murder

The three were detained yesterday in relation to the brutal murder earlier this month.

The AFP reports:

6a00d8341c730253ef01910455ebc2970c-800wiThe three who were ordered held by criminal investigators in Yaounde are former colleagues of the activist, a lawyer close to the case told AFP on the condition of anonymity.

"We don't know what the police found," he added. Alice Nkom, lawyer for the Lembembe family, denounced what she called a botched investigation and cast doubt on the decision to question the three.

"Since we formulated reservations over how the investigation was conducted, they want to find any 'guilty ones,'" Nkom said. An officer close to the probe appeared to dismiss suggestions that the attack was homophobic. "We were at the scene of the murder. We have found a certain number of clues. There will be a rapid unfolding of events and people who believe it was a homophobic act risk being surprised," he said.

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  1. Wouldn't it be convenient if they can blame the murder on the gays. Not only would they get rid of an activist, but they could blame the victims and incite more homophobia. Cruel world.

    Posted by: candideinnc | Jul 28, 2013 6:02:32 PM


  2. @candideinnc That's exactly what I thought when I read it. For a homophobic government, it'd be killing two birds with one stone.

    Posted by: bobat | Jul 28, 2013 8:06:46 PM


  3. So, assassinate an activist, then frame his compatriots. Clumsy and transparent, in addition to being disgusting. Shame on Cameroon.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jul 28, 2013 8:18:05 PM


  4. I share the same concerns/suspicions as all of the previous posters.

    Posted by: JMC | Jul 29, 2013 4:58:17 AM


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