Two former Cameroonian top officials, others arrested for fraud

Cameroon’s ex-prime minister, Ephraim Inoni, and the ex-minister for territorial administration, Hamidou Yaya Marafa, were arrested on Monday in a case of embezzlement involving the purchase of a presidential jet, police sources have said.

The former secretary general in the office of the president, Jean-Marie Atangana Mebara, who succeeded Mr. Marafa, had earlier been arrested in connection with the  case.
Also arrested are the country’s former ambassador to Washington, Jerome Mendouga, and the ex-director general of the defunct national carrier, Cameroon Airlines (Camair), Yves Michel Fotso.

Christened, Albatros, the presidential jet at the centre of this scandal, was acquired in a defective state and in doubtful conditions from the U.S., through a transaction involving officials of U.S. company, Boeing.

Mssrs. Marafa and Inoni were dismissed from government in 2009.


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