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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cameroon - CAMTEL: The Special Criminal Court Sentences A Thief To Life Imprisonment For Stealing Batteries From CAMTEL

CIN| On May 22nd, the case of battery theft at Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL) in which two suspects were involved, came to an end. In pronouncing its verdict on May 24 in Yaounde, the Special Criminal Court (TCS) sentenced to life imprisonment the main defendant. Noukwe Marcel, since it is about him, had escaped from the central prison of Yaounde, August 7, 2017 and remains untraceable. His co-accused, Jean Rodeo Dieupe, placed under arrest on July 19, 2017, is surviving with a 10-year prison sentence.

At the end of the hearing, it was declared that the two defendants were guilty of misappropriation of public funds of the sum of 77.7 million CFA francs, the price of CAMTEL batteries that had been stolen. This sum corresponds to the value of the equipment stolen from 22 CAMTEL relay stations in the city of Douala and in 24 other stations.

The decision of the TCS also indicates that the two convicts must jointly pay the sum of 82 million FCFA, as damages and interest to be paid to the CAMTEL for the damage suffered, reads in the weekly Kalara of Monday 28 May 2018. A sum far from the 97.7 million FCFA initially demanded by the telecommunications company.

In addition, the prosecutor's office requested that an arrest warrant be issued against the culprit marcel Noukwe, who is on the run. The latter, employed by the company known as TIC Technologie, a subcontractor of Huawei, CAMTEL's partner in the implementation of fiber optics, has several times called on by elements of law enforcement and has always managed to 'escape. In the same vein, a warrant of incarceration will be discerned for Rodeo Dieupe. The latter, meanwhile, responded to the facts of complicity of embezzlement, for buying some of the material in a hardware store in Douala, the newspaper recalls.