Biya Sends Marafa’s Notary On Retirement

The notary who has been in pre-trial detention for more than three years was sent on retirement alongside 19 others.

A presidential decree made public Monday May 8, sends 20 notaries on retirement including 64-year old Abdoulaye Harissou. Harissou was arrested and detained three years ago after his client, Marafa Hamidou Yaya, former minister of territorial administration and decentralisation was jailed.

Marafa was jailed for intellectual complicity in the embezzlement of fund set aside for the purchase of a presidential plane. His now retired notary for his part, was charged with contempt of the Head of State, complicity in a murder case, and illegal possession of war weapons.

He was picked up on August 27, 2014. The media was awash with reports, opinions and analysis suggesting his arrest was politically motivated- prompted by his relation with Marafa, erstwhile secretary general at the presidency who had been tip as President Bya’s potential successor at the Unity Palace.

While Marafa, who was arrested in 2012 is serving a 20-year jail term at the state secretariat for defence, confirmed by the Supreme Court, Abdoulaye Harissou’s case at the military court is still begging for a verdict.


Source: Journal du Cameroun

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