The Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International protests the December 14, 2012, conviction of writer and activist Enoh Meyomesse on charges of supposed complicity in the theft and illegal sale of gold. The prosecutor has requested a seven-year prison sentence, due to be decided on December 27, 2012. The WiPC believes the case to be politically motivated and calls on the Cameroonian authorities to quash the conviction and to release Meyomesse immediately and unconditionally.
Enoh Meyomesse, 57, is the author of numerous books and is a founding member of the Cameroon Writers Association. Arrested on November 22, 2011, Meyomesse was initially charged with attempting to organise a coup, possessing a firearm and aggravated theft. Meyomesse denied all charges and maintained that he had been arrested because of views expressed in his writings, and for his political activism. Meyomesse was a candidate for the presidential election on October 9, 2011, under the banner of the United National Front (UNF).
Since the moment of Meyomesse’s arrest, there were serious concerns about the charges against him, and also about his treatment in prison, which at times amounted to torture. There were reports that the prosecution had fabricated evidence, and that Meyomesse was denied proper legal representation for the first few months of his incarceration.