A leader of Cameroon’s separatist movement, Sisiku Ayuk Tabe, and nine of his followers have been given life sentences by a military court in the capital, Yaoundé.
The 10 were convicted of charges including “terrorism and secession”, the state’s lawyer, Martin Luther Achet, told Agence France-Presse.
Their lawyers accused the judge of bias and withdrew from the proceedings. The sentence was confirmed by a lawyer for the separatists, Joseph Fru, who condemned what he called a “parody of justice”.
The defendants refused to recognize the right of the military tribunal in Yaoundé to try them. Their lawyers have yet to say whether they will file an appeal.
Defence barrister Joseph Fru said there were irregularities in the proceedings, including the judge’s biases, but the military court rejected his evidence.
The long list of charges included rebellion, complicity in terrorism, financing terrorism, revolution, insurrection, hostility against the state, propagation of fake news and lack of identification.
The court also ordered the 10 to pay a fine of 250bn CFA francs ($422m; £359m) to the government for civil damages and 12bn CFA francs for court costs.