Cameroon Details How American Missionary Was Killed; Journalist Jailed for Blaming Gov't

www.christianpost.com | 11/9/2018 | Staff
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(PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ CHARLES-STEPHANIE WESCO)Charles and Stephanie Wesco and their children pose for a picture during the 2017 Thanksgiving holiday.

The Cameroon government has defended the arrest of a journalist who accused military forces of responsibility for the recent killing of American missionary Charles Wesco last month, reasserting that it was separatist ammunition found in his head and body.

Cameroon - Minister - Communications - Issa - Tchiroma

Cameroon Minister of Communications Issa Tchiroma Bakary issued a lengthy statement Thursday, providing more details about the death late last month of the Indiana Baptist missionary, who the United States government believes was caught in "crossfire" in ongoing conflict between the Cameroon army and English-speaking separatist forces in the northwest Anglophone region.

The statement was issued in response to international advocates who have criticized the government for arresting journalist Mimi Mefo Takombo, the English desk editor and journalist for Equinoxe Television, this week for reporting that the Cameroon army killed Wesco.

Journalist - New-Bell - Central - Prison - Douala

The journalist is being held at New-Bell Central Prison in Douala and has been charged with "dissemination of fake news," and "news lies likely to harm public authorities or national cohesion" — crimes punishable under Cameroon criminal code section 113 that bars the "propagation of false information."

She was also charged with "incitement to revolt against the Government and Institutions of the Republic."

Bakary - Government - Claims - Terrorists - Move

Bakary repeated the government's previous claims that "terrorists" were on the move to attack a university in Bamenda and a military brigade at around 10 a.m. on Oct. 30 when Wesco, a fellow missionary, his wife and child were driving to go shopping in a rural area just outside of Bamenda.

Previous reports had indicated that bullets struck the car and killed Wesco, while others in the vehicle survived. According to Bakary's statement, Wesco "received a 12-gauge oblique bird-shot fired by a sneaky terrorist."

Pellets - Victim - Level - Skull

"Several pellets reached the victim at the parietal level of his skull,...
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