Polycarpe Abah Abah, former Minister of the Economy and Finance was sentenced on Thursday, November 3, to 20 years imprisonment by the Special Criminal Court in Yaoundé. Polycarpe Abah Abah, who served as Minister of Economy and Finance from 2004-2008, was jailed for his role in the mismanagement of TV license tax evaluated at 1,158,352,393 FCFA.
Arrested in 2008, as part of Operation Sparrow Hawk – an anti corruption operation launched by the head of state, the story of Polycarpe Abah Abah remains a tangle tale, a combined comedy and a tragedy.
His first conviction was in June 12, 2012, when the former minister was sentenced to 6 years in prison for “attempted escape.” The regime claimed he was caught by police while trying to escape from the high security prison in Kondengui. He was again handed a 25 year jail term on January the 13th, 2015 for the diversion of 4.9 billion CFA francs. The Thursday, November 3, 2016, conviction was his third.
By Sama Ernest