Cameroon opposition leader Maurice Kamto, who says he was cheated out of the presidency in elections last year, has been charged with “rebellion” and “insurrection”, one of his lawyers said Wednesday, February 12th.

The former government minister had been arrested in the economic capital Douala on January 28.

The prosecutor’s office of the Yaounde military court filed the charges against Kamto, who was transferred to a prison in the capital of Yaounde during the night, according to lawyer Emmanuel Simh.

Simh, who is also vice president of Kamto’s Movement for the Rebirth of Cameroon (MRC), said 28 of Kamto’s supporters were also charged.

About 100 others supporters are to appear on Wednesday before the military court, which will decide whether to charge them.

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Kamto has said he was the rightful winner of presidential elections last October won by the West African country’s veteran leader Paul Biya.

Biya won a seventh consecutive term in the polls, which the MRC has slammed as an “electoral hold-up”.

Kamto won 14.23 percent of the vote to place second, according to the official figures.

MRC supporters turned out in several towns and cities on January 26 to dispute the official result. The demonstrations were suppressed by the police and at least six protesters were injured.

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