Thursday, April 25, 2013

Former SONARA GM Charles Metouck Slammed 9 Years for Forgery

 By Fai Cassian Ndi
Former General Manager of SONARA, Charles Metouck has been slammed a nine-years jail term for forgery. The judgment was handed down yesterday, April 24, 2013 after the court found him guilty of forgery. He has been fined to pay FCFA 2 million and also banished from holding any public office for 9 years. It has taken 3 months for the court to pass it final judgment. The lawyers we gathered described the judgment as shocking and promised to appeal.  
It should be recalled that he was arrested on February 18, and charged with seven
counts including the use of a fake document to gain access into SONARA GM‘s office, signing a document for payment after official notice of his replacement, signing a document permitting the payment of a bill to one of SONARA’s contractors, GREMCORE, destruction of documents belonging to SONARA, retention of keys of SONARA GM’s office and retention of the official batch of SONARA GM which ought to have been remitted after handing over on February 15, 2013.
Charles Metouck was charged alongside the Litigation Officer of SONARA, Jean Jules Ediguele Ediguele. Five other aides who were also arrested and detained were granted bail by the State Counsel and are now serving as witnesses. Charles Metouck however pleaded not guilty.
It should be recalled that Charles Metouck was replaced as the General Manager of SONARA on 15 February following instructions from the Head of State, President Paul Biya. His successor, Ibrahim Talba Malla, was immediately installed by the Minister of Water and Energy, Dr. Basile Atangana Kouna after an emergency board meeting held in Limbe.


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