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Cameroon has handed down a 10-year prison sentence to three men who were found guilty of "not condemning terrorism activities". Fomusoh Ivo Feh, Afuh Nivelle Nfor and Azah Levis Gob were sentenced by the Military Court of Yaounde after they made sarcastic comments about Boko Haram terrorists.
The Islamist terror group, based in north-eastern Nigeria, carries out attacks also in Cameroon' s Far North Region.
It is believed that Ivo, 27, sent to his two friends a text message that made a sarcastic reference to the militant group in 2014. Ivo was arrested in December of that year. He was held in police custody in Douala until he was transferred to Yaounde Prison in January 2015.
The man and his two friends were tried by the Military Court in the capital Yaounde.
Amnesty International has called for the release of Ivo, whom it considers a prisoner of conscience, and his friends.
Cameroon is part of an ongoing Nigeria-led regional force – consisting of 8,700 troops from Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroon and Benin – against Boko Haram.