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Cameroon – Embezzlement: Supreme Court confirms 20-year prison sentence imposed on Jean Marie Atangana Mebara by the SCC

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Written by Deckson N.

The former general secretary of the presidency filed appeals to the highest judicial, administrative and auditing court on two of his three convictions for embezzlement of public funds.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld the 20-year prison sentence imposed by the Special Criminal Court (SCC) of Cameroon on 2 October 2013.

The Supreme Court thus endorsed a forfeiture which consisted for the SCC to condemn a citizen not only for a simple message but also for the” misappropriation “of the sums released by the Minister of Finance at the time of the facts and which the beneficiary has acknowledged, “denounced the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners in a statement.

Mr. Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara and his co-accused, Mr. Ephraim Inoni (his deputy at the time of the events and former Prime Minister) are accused of “misappropriating” 1.7 billion CFA francs in the management of the claims of the defunct Cameroon Airlines to its aircraft rental companies.

This final conviction is the second convicted of Mr. Atangana Mebara after 15 years in prison in January 2016. On June 22, 2016, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison for another financial malpractice case. This will be the third “Atangana Mebara case” that the High Court will face in the coming days or months.

 

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