A young Cameroonian film director told AFP Monday he was kidnapped, interrogated for 11 days and tortured for a political fiction seen as lampooning President Paul Biya’s longevity.
Richard Fouofie Djimili insists his film entitled “139… The Last Predators” about an imaginary nation’s leader who has been in power 139 years and shows no sign of stepping down is not a reference to the 80-year-old Biya, who has been in power for three decades.
“I was abducted, held in a secret location for 11 days. During my detention, I was tortured. My finger was chopped off,” Djimili said, showing off his bandaged left arm.
“I was starved and I lost around 10 kilos. On the night of April 2, my kidnappers wanted to kill me and dump me in a swamp but one of them helped me escape,” he said.