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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Cameroon - MIDA Case: Promoter Albert Cédric Foe Amougou Release Request Filed Rejects By The Court

CIN| The MIDA case (Mission of Integration and Development in Africa) against the State of Cameroon is far from being at its epilogue. As proof, on May 24, the magistrate of the High Court Court (TGI) of Mfoundi in Yaoundé rejected the request for immediate release of Cédric Foe Amougou, promoter of the MIDA. According to the weekly Kalara of Monday, May 28, 2018, the arguments of his lawyers to demonstrate his arbitrary detention in the premises of the Special Operations Group (GSO) did not convince the judge who declared his claim unfounded .

For the prosecution, the version of the facts presented by the plaintiffs' lawyers is biased. "MIDA pretended to be an NGO distributing money collected from other savers. It is a massive money laundering ", comments the Public Ministry. The prosecutor's office justified the detention of Mr. Foe Amougou and company by the law of 1990 on the maintenance of order.

This text, recalls the weekly, provides for 15 days of administrative custody, renewable against anyone suspected of organized crime. However, the public prosecutor's office does not seem to be able to prove that those who seek immediate release have never seen or received a copy of the acts that caused them to be put off, as their lawyers point out. As a reminder, the head of MIDA lamented the disappearance of large sums of money seized during the "illegal" search that took place on the premises of his organization, without authorization of the public prosecutor.

He had for this, in addition to his "immediate" release and that of these co-defendants, claimed the State the sum of six billion FCFA, as a prejudice. Unfortunately the Tribunal declared their claim unfounded.