Updated: February 26, 2021
Thehas 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.