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Cameroon: Former defence Minister detained

Former Minister of Defence Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo'o has been detained in a cell at the Special Criminal Court in…

Former Minister of Defence Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o has been detained in a cell at the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde after he was brought before a judge.

Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o was once again at the Special Criminal Court on Tuesday where he was grilled for hours before judges decided to keep him in custody late at night.

He is accused of embezzling state funds by overpricing the cost of military equipment acquired from French company MagForce when he was Defence Minister.

Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o has since denied any wrongdoing as close sources say the accusations are an attempt to blackmail him  and put him out of the running in the event of a power vaccum.

He was detained alongside three of his close aides, Colonel Joel Mboutou, former defence attaché at the Cameroon Embassy in Morocco, Victor Emmanuel Menye, Asssistant General Manager of SCB bank and Maxime Mbangue, ex adviser at the Ministry of Defence.

Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o’s wife is expected to appear before the Special Criminal Court today where she will be grilled by investigators.

 

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