27th April 2017
On 27 April 2017, Karim Khan QC appeared in the Military Tribunal in Yaounde, Cameroon where he is the international lawyer in a team defending Human Rights lawyer, Dr. Nkomgho Felix Agbor Bala.
Dr. Felix Agbor Bala possess a doctorate of laws, a Masters in law (cum Laude) from the University of Brussels as well as a LLM (cum laude) awarded by the University of Notre Dame in the USA. He is also a recipient of the Diploma from The Hague Academy of International law and holds a diploma in conflict prevention from Leipzig University, Germany. Dr Felix Agbor Bala previously worked as a legal officer to the Trial Chamber of the SCSL in Freetown, as a human rights legal officer to the UN in Afghanistan and to the UN in the Congo. He is the head of the Anglophone Consortium of lawyers and teachers in Cameroon which seeks to ensure the rights of the Anglophone minority community. He has been charged with terrorism offences, seeking secession and other capital offences, in proceedings which have been criticised internationally as failing to comply with international human rights standards.
The Bar Human Rights Committee, The Law Society of England and Wales and the American Bar Association all sent observers to the hearing.