Former Prime Minister of Cameroon who was arrested and is currently detained has pleaded not guilty. Chief Inoni Ephraim who doubles as the Chief of Bakingili village in the South West Region of Cameroon made his first appearance in Court today February 20, 2013. Sources hinted that former Secretary General at the Presidency of the Republic Jean Atangana Mebara, the General Manager of APM Otele Essomba also pleaded not guilty before the judges of the Special Criminal Court in Yaounde. They are accused of embezzling over 1.8 billion FCFA. Though the hearing was brief, sources say the matter has been adjourned to March 6, 2013. It should be recalled that former Prime Minister Inoni Ephraim is accused of having embezzled a total sum of $582,557 in 2003 at the time he was Prime Minister and at the same time assumed the position of Board chairman of APM, a position he later dumped. He was arrested on April 6, 2013 and had been in detention at the Kondegui Prison. His arrest is linked to the acquisition of the famous Albatross ( the Presidential Plane) that never was.
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