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Cameroon’s former finance minister receives life sentence in absentia Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 26, 2021


The Special Criminal Court in Yaounde, Cameroon, has handed a life sentence to former Minister of Finance Lazare Essimi Menye for embezzling state funds.

He was sentenced in absentia on March 28, after the court ruled that he had embezzled 2.7 billion francs CFA.

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In 2015, after he was sacked from government and put under probe, the former minister fled the country, allegedly to attend to his health in the United States.

Today, his whereabouts remain unknown.

The court said Lazare Essimi Menye’s escape from the country proved he was guilty of the charges brought before him.

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AMOS FOFUNG Nkunchoh is a multi-talented journalist with an intrinsic passion for investigative, politics and conflict reporting. He's based in the U. S.A.

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