Political activists and human rights advocates, including Cameroon’s Roman Catholic clergy, have created an independent commission to investigate the disappearance of nine youths who are now feared dead. The commission of inquiry is headed by opposition party leader Albert Dzongang, a Cameroonian political analyst told IRIN on Thursday.
It was created because the group does not have faith in a commission set up on 20 March by President Paul Biya to investigate the case, he said. Three previous government-appointed panels have failed to solve the murders of three clergymen and a lawyer.
The nine youths, from Douala, have not been since 28 January, five days after soldiers of the Commandement Operationel, an army unit created to fight rising crime in the city, arrested them for stealing a gas canister.
A Cameroonian organisation known as l’Action des chretiens contre la torture said on 2 March that the youths were killed with acid, along with 41 others.
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