The Chairman of the Peoples Action Party, PAP has slammed the arrest of Barrister Felix Agbor BALLA and Dr Fontem NEBA who were whisked off yesterday to the GMI in Buea. Ayah Paul Abine who is also Deputy Attorney General at the Supreme Court believes that Consortium members can not be held for acts committed before a law is passed.
This is his argument
"It is an elementary principle of law that a law, especially a piece of criminal legislation, has no retrospective effect. To put it otherwise, a law that comes into effect today, for instance, does not apply to conduct perpetrated before today – before the first moment the law came into force (the law became law).
To contextualize, the order by the Minister of Territorial Administration is applicable only to conduct subsequent to the moment of its publication. It follows that the arrest of two of the leaders of the Consortium, namely, Barrister Kongho Felix and Dr Fontem, is inconsistent with the law. Keeping them against their will, therefore, amounts to false imprisonment.
WE DEMAND THEIR IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE!"