Cameroon jails ex-minister for jet graft

2012-10-09 21:33

Yaounde - A Cameroonian court overnight sentenced a former secretary general of the presidency to 15 years in prison for attempting to misappropriate funds earmarked for a presidential jet and slapped a life sentence in absentia on a British auditing CEO.

A court of appeals in Yaounde found that Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara, also a former minister of foreign affairs, and Joseph Kevin Walls, head of an auditing company for the aviation industry, were guilty of attempted embezzlement of $31m released by Cameroon in 2001 for the purchase of a presidential jet that was never delivered.

The court also found Atangana Mebara guilty of conspiring with the former ambassador to the United States Jerome Mendouga to embezzle around $185m in connection with the same affair.

Last month, ex-minister of territorial administration and decentralisation Marafa Hamidou Yaya was also jailed for 25 years for embezzling money intended as a down-payment on the jet.

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-09 21:43

    F*ck really. You actually decided corruption was a crime.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-09 21:49

    Has to be the 8th wonder of the world, an African state that regards embezzlement as criminal!

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-09 21:54

    Strange how in Africa, government officials think that NOBODY will miss 10s and 100millions of embezzled money... Well HELLO! Maybe you can get away with stealing 10,000 without being caught because it is Africa after all...

  • caine.abel.75 - 2012-10-09 22:03

    Well done Cameroon, now lets get SA to follow youre lead

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-09 22:27

    I wonder how much these guys are involved with our own South African presidential procurement fiasco?

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-09 22:30

      And Britain should hand that auditing thief Walls over to Cameroon to serve sentence.

  • millionwatts1 - 2012-10-09 23:13

    Can't really tell whether they pissed off the Prez by not delivering the Plane or by embezzling the funds. LoL.

  • boombodjottin - 2012-10-10 18:16

    Why is Paul Biya of Cameroon pretentiously sending his collaborators to jail? How was the presidential jet going to help the cripling economy of Cameroon?

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