Thursday, 19 May 2016

Supreme Court Reduces Marafa, Fotso Jail Terms

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016, the Cameoon Supreme Court reduced the prison terms of Marafa Hamidou Yaya and Yves Michel Fotso, from the 25 years they were each slammed in 2012, to 20 years each.

Assistant CEO of the Fotso-owned Commercial Bank of Cameroon, CBC, Julienne Kounda, who had been slammed alongside them, was acquitted after serving four years of the 10 years she was sentenced to, Cameroon Postline reports.

During Wednesday’s Supreme Court session, Marafa maintained a calm disposition; moving into and out of the court from time-to-time, while Fotso looked tense; drinking mineral water oftentimes. Given that they have already spent about four years in prison, they now have remaining sentences of 16 years each.

After Wednesday’s session of the highest court of the land, both Marafa and Fotso described the ruling as a “travesty of justice.”


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