The condemnation is contained in a communique made public over the weekend following information that Barrister Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus was assaulted by a gendarme officer in Yaounde.
Tchakoute writes that on Saturday, July 27, 2019, "Barrister Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus was seriously assaulted by a gendarme officer without any provocation" from the victim.
"Our colleague was admitted to hospital due to multiple bodily injuries he suffered," the Bar President said.
Informed a day after the incident, Barrister Tchakoute said he immediately asked the Representatives of the Bar Association President for the Centre, South and East Regions to visit Barrister Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus at the hospital in order to inquire about his condition, assist him, gather information about the incident, identify the perpetrator of the assault and prepare a comprehensive report.
"Not only is the assault against a lawyer inadmissible, the recurrence of such attacks cannot leave the bar indifferent," Tchakoute said as he rolled out actions they envisage would stem the tides.
The Representatives of the Bar Association President for the Centre, South and East Regions have been mandated to file a complaint with the Attorney General of the Centre Court of Appeal, on behalf of the Cameroon Bar Association, about the incident.
The Bar President says he has made arrangements for the medical expenses of Barrister Amungwa Tanyi Nicodemus to be covered by the Cameroon Bar Association.
"I have written to the Secretary of State for Defense in charge of the National Gendarmerie, a letter denouncing the repeated attacks on lawyers, notably the one involving Barrister Amungwa Tanyi, as well as obstacles faced by lawyers in some Gendarmerie units in the exercise of their professional duties, and requesting that measures be taken to remedy these situations," said Tchakoute.
The Bar President said he is planning a meeting with the aforementioned senior official to squarely address these issues. He says the assault of lawyers and professional obstacles will dominate discussions at the Bar Council meeting of August 2019.