Colleagues held over Cameroon gay activist's death

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Associated Press

Posted on July 30, 2013 at 11:37 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 12:34 PM

DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — A lawyer says Cameroon's police detained two employees of a human rights organization for three days in connection with the killing of a prominent gay rights activist earlier this month, sparking criticism over how the investigation was being handled.

Michel Togue said the two employees, Michel Engama and Cedric Mbarga, were released Tuesday afternoon without charge.

Engama and Mbarga were colleagues of Eric Ohena Lembembe, the executive director of the human rights group CAMFAIDS whose body was discovered at his home July 15 bearing signs of torture.

One law enforcement official, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case, said the arrests were made to give the impression that the investigation was making progress in an attempt to counter international condemnation of the killing.

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