Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Embezzlement: here is what Basile Atangana Kouna did yesterday during Court hearing that you need to know

Yesterday during his embezzlement case hearing, Basile Atangana Kouna pleaded to return the money he deliberately took from state treasury. Atangana is willing to return over one billion CFA francs cash, to be taken directly and the rest by bank transfer.


The case was postponed to February 5, 2020 for the requisition of the restitution request sought by counsel for the accused.

The case of Public Prosecutor, State of Cameroon and Camwater against Basile Atangana Kouna, Jean Williams Sollo, Stanislas Atangana, Koe Jean Parfait, Jean Dieudonné Mah, René Martin Mbida, accused of embezzlement of public goods and complicity was dismissed. It was at the end of the second hearing, yesterday Tuesday at the Special Criminal Court, in the presence of all the accused. Opportunity for the prosecution to reiterate its intention to restore the body of the crime.

At the request of the public prosecutor, the trial was postponed for February 5, 2020, for requisition of the request for restitution, requested by counsel for the accused Basile Atangana Kouna. The portal for Cameroonians in Belgium (@ camer.be). The Minister of Water and Energy and his advisers insist on returning more than one billion CFA francs to be taken directly, and the rest by bank transfer. They are based on the special nature of the jurisdiction, the legislator having provided for the restitution of the body of the offense. For advice, according to the decree of September 4, 2013 relating to restitution procedures, this can be done before before the investigating judge or the prosecutor, or during the judgment phase before the court, before any decision on the merits.
 
This is the reason why the councils ask for the confined lifting of the blocked goods. Me Ayissi Atangana and his colleagues handed over to the court the document containing the account numbers, concerning the terms of payment, which were deposited at the secretariat of the public prosecutor's office. A request which is opposed by the advice of Camwater, which wishes that it be purely and simply rejected, because on the fringes of the law. According to Mr. Tchankou, these assets no longer belong to the accused, once they have been seized by the competent courts.

The order for reference to the TCS by the investigating judge dated September 17, 2019 and the report of the judicial expert stated that there were no supporting documents for the asset transfers for 3,565,637,778 CFA. The fellow detainees reportedly made a total of 2,318,255,131.13 CFA in unjustified expenditure during the 2003 and 2004 financial years before the arrival of Basile Atangana Kouna. There is also talk of diversion of advances on consumption in the amount of 571,784,483, under the management of Basile Atangana Kouna and the existence of a difference of 1,010,187,645 between the supplier balances recorded and the balances confirmed.

It should be specified, among the seized goods, there are fourteen vehicles of large sums of money in foreign currency (Euro, US Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Hong Kong Dollar, British Pound, Swiss Francs, Israeli Currency [Shekel]… ), were seized from the rental safes at Atangana Kouna Basile, as well as four land titles.


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