Cameroon Ex-defence Minister Detained
By Our Correspondent
A Court in Cameroon has sentenced a former defence minister to 30 years in prison for embezzling nearly $40m (£32m).
Edgar Alain Mebe Ngo’o was accused of inflating contracts to buy military equipment from Brazil.
His wife, Bernadette, was also found guilty of embezzlement and was handed a 10-year sentence.
The court decided to seize many of the defendants’ assets, including luxury cars, houses and land titles.
The pair denied wrongdoing and their lawyer said they would appeal against the verdicts at the Supreme Court.
Cameroonian journalist Jules Koum Koum, who later died in a road accident, had exposed the corruption allegations in 2010.