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General News of Thursday, 28 August 2014

Source: Cameroon Tribune

Witnesses called in the albatross affair

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Witnesses gave their testimonies to the prosecution in the case of State of Cameroon and Ministry of finance, against Jean Marie Atangana Mebara, former Secretary General of the Presidency of the Republic and Jérôme Mendouga, former Ambassador of Cameroon to the United States.

Colonel Justin McCarthy, former head of service of the presidential trips to the individual staff of the president opened the ball for the last hearing.

His hearing was expected to continue yesterday at the special criminal court. However the tribunal irregularly constituted, members of collegiality, including Michel Onana, president of the college of judges, suspended the hearing. The hearing of the prosecution witnesses will therefore continue soon.

In the meantime, these two senior State clerks are prosecuted for complicity in the embezzlement of public funds: 5 million (2.5 billion). According to a legal source, everything began in 2001 when the State of Cameroon supported the resolution to acquire an aircraft for the president of the Republic.

A sum of $ 31 billion (over 15,000 billion F) was taken out of the State coffers, to allow the Boeing manufacturer to initiate the work for two or three years. But until in 2003, Cameroon has no aircraft and the money is not refunded.

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