Central African Republic

New York college professor detained in Cameroon, accused of insulting president

New York college professor detained in Cameroon, accused of insulting president

A Cameroonian-American writer detained as he tried to leave the Central African nation is facing charges over writings critical of its government, and family and friends are calling for public support in a campaign for his release.

Patrice Nganang, a professor at New York's Stony Brook University, is due to go before a prosecutor in the coming week, according to an account from his wife that was sent to fellow Stony Brook professor Robert Harvey. Nganang was detained on Thursday as he was trying to leave Cameroon to join his wife in Zimbabwe.

Nganang and his attorney were informed of the charges against him at a hearing with judiciary police and were told the charges include...