Cameroon. In February, three women were tried for
homosexuality. Sexual contact between people of the same sex
is prohibited in Cameroon and can result in between six
months and five years in prison. The women were identified
by the one woman's husband, who reportedly told her to have
had sexual relations with the other two women. The trial was
updated in March but had not resumed at the end of 2012.
In April, former Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni and former
Interior Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya were arrested. They
were charged with embezzlement in connection with the
purchase of a new aircraft for Cameroon's president in the
United States in 2004. The jet cost $ 31 million. Already
during the premiere tour, the plane's engine began to
malfunction and the pilot was forced to land emergency. On
board was then President Paul Biya with wife and children.
Afterwards it emerged that the Cameroon delegation had
bought an old but freshly painted plan.
Countryaah-ABCDE, former Interior Minister Yaya had been seen as a possible
successor to Biya but was dismissed in December 2011 when
the jet deal was discovered.
In September 2012, Yaya was sentenced to 25 years in
prison for his involvement in the jet plane business. Yaya
denied the crime and said he would appeal the verdict, which
he believed was political. Earlier, another former minister,
a former US ambassador and the head of the now defunct
national airline had been convicted of his involvement in
the deal. The verdict against former Prime Minister Inoni
was expected to come later.
In 2012, President Biya celebrated 30 years in power. He
is thus one of the African leaders who has managed to stay
in power for the longest time. Biya, who has ruled Cameroon
since 1982, has said he wants to be remembered as the one
who introduced democracy in the country. Admittedly - after
threatening civil war - he agreed to introduce multi-party
systems and hold the first multi-party in 1992, but Biya has
been criticized for electoral fraud at all re-elections. In
addition, since the constitution was amended in 2008, he can
be re-elected as many times as possible and cannot be
prosecuted even if he resigns.