Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Former Manager of Cameroon Airlines sentenced to Life Imprisonment

The former General Manager of Cameroon Airlines, Yves Michael Fotso who was accused of embezzling 32 Billion FCFA belonging to the defunct national carrier, Cameroon Airlines, Camair, when he was General Manager has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

According to the ruling of the the Special Criminal Court, SCC, yesterday, sentenced Yves Michel Fotso embezzled 32.4 Billion FCFA during his tenure as General Manager of the defunct national carrier, Cameroon Airlines, Camair.

The ruling was for the second of two matters for which Fotso is standing trial at the SCC. Mr Fotso was also fined 19 Billion FCFA for the financial losses caused Camair as a result of the embezzlement. Also, money in about 15 frozen Fotso bank accounts was confiscated.

The ruling, just like recent court sittings, took place in the absence of Yves Michel Fotso and all his five counsel. The lawyers wrote to the court last February to announce their withdrawal from the trial, alleging unfair hearing.

Their decision came after Fotso wrote to the SCC to announce that he will no longer appear in court because the trial was being conducted in a biased manner.