Former Prime Minister, Chief Ephraim Inoni and Jean Marie Atangana Mebara, former Minister of External Relations are expected to appear before the Supreme Court in Yaounde on June 13, reports say. They were both slammed 20-year jail terms by the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde four years ago for embezzling funds set aside for the purchase of an aircraft for the Head of State.
Their lawyers denied the charges levied against them and filed appeals. In spite of legal provisions of the Special Criminal Court which require that appeals should be treated within a period of six months, it is only this month, four year period, that the counsel of the ex-state officials were notified of continuity of the trials.
At the time the separate verdicts were handed down to the officials, the media was awash with reports that the duo are being held for ulterior motives. Some sources suggested the hearing of the appeals filed by the counsels of the two personalities were being delayed deliberately.
Jean Marie Atangana Mebara, erstwhile Secretary General at the Presidency, recently published a book from prison. He says in the book that he is a political prisoner; jailed because he was cited among a group of state officials named the G11 who held a meeting in Yaounde to strategise on getting someone to replace President Paul Biya when the latter leaves power.