The CPDM government has rejected calls by the United Nations for the immediate release of former Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya. The Biya regime responded on Friday against an earlier position adopted on June 2, 2016 by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, following its 75th session in the month of April.
To the regime in Yaounde, the former minister of state, sentenced by the Supreme Court on the 18th of May 2016 to 20 years in prison for intellectual complicity and misappropriation of public funds, worth 29 million US dollars, about 14.5 billion CFA francs that was meant to acquire a Boeing Business Jet for the travels of the Head of State remains a “common criminal and a common prisoner and nothing more than that” noted Issa Tchiroma Bakary, Minister of Communication and government spokesman.
The government spokesman argued that the Cameroonian justice system found him guilty of the facts of embezzlement of public funds for which he was prosecuted, and sentenced therefore to 20 years in prison in accordance with the penal code and the Constitution which is the fundamental law of the country.
Rita Akana (Cameroon Intelligence Report)