Editor of weekly sentenced to five years’ imprisonment

first_imgAccording to information collected by RSF, police officers arrested Baongla at his home on 9 January 2002. Two days later, he appeared before a judge and was jailed at the Nkondengui central prison in Yaoundé. The police officers also seized the newspaper’s computers. In October, the journalist was sentenced in absentia to five years’ imprisonment and a fine of 17 million CFA francs (approx. US$22,800; 26,000 euros) for “fraud”. He is accused of extorting ten million CFA francs (approx. US$13,400; 15,200 euros) from an official at the Ministry of the Economy and Finances. “Le Démenti”‘s editorial staff claim that the “accusations are groundless and were fabricated by the government.” They follow the newspaper’s publication of several articles denouncing the misappropriation of funds by the minister of the economy and finances. “Le Démenti” has repeatedly accused the minister of embezzling public monies during the installation of a sewer system in the country. Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case to go further News CameroonAfrica In a letter to Justice Minister Amadou Ali, RSF asked for clarification following the sentencing of Georges Baongla, publication director of the weekly “Le Démenti”, to five years’ imprisonment. “Due process was seemingly not respected in this case. Firstly, Georges Baongla was not warned of his trial’s opening in October 2001. Secondly, he only learned of his sentencing several days after the delivery of the verdict. Thirdly, why did the authorities allow him to remain free for over two months before arresting him in early January? These irregularities lead us t o question the real motive behind the journalist’s sentencing,” explained RSF Secretary-General Robert Ménard. “Without judging the merits of the case itself, we call on the Cameroonian authorities to explain the situation,” the secretary-general added. News News May 31, 2021 Find out more May 19, 2021 Find out more April 23, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Help by sharing this information CameroonAfrica Follow the news on Cameroon January 16, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Editor of weekly sentenced to five years’ imprisonment Receive email alerts RSF_en last_img read more

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Bundesliga: Dortmund Coach Concedes Title to Bayern

first_imgBorussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre admitted it will be “brutally difficult” to stop Bayern Munich retaining their Bundesliga title after Bayern beat Dortmund on Tuesday.Joshua Kimmich’s wonderful chip from 20 yards just before half-time was the only goal at Signal Iduna Park.Bayern are seven points clear of their second-placed opponents with six matches to go. “Seven points in six games – it will be very, very difficult,” said Favre.Bayern are aiming for their eighth successive Bundesliga title but boss Hansi Flick insisted there is still a lot of work to do.“I don’t live in the future, the here and now is important,” he said.“We wanted to win and take a big step forward – we did that. We were focused, decisive and courageous at times. I’m satisfied with my team.”Kimmich’s goal came after both sides had efforts cleared off the line.Dortmund brought on England forward Jadon Sancho in the second half, but he could not inspire a fightback from his side.Robert Lewandowski nearly doubled Bayern’s advantage late on but shot against the post. Minutes later, he and the rest of the Bayern players were celebrating what could prove to be a big three points in the title race.Before the game the build-up focused on Lewandowski and Dortmund’s Erling Braut Haaland, with both strikers having scored 41 goals in 35 domestic games this season – putting them level as top goalscorers in Europe.Haaland nearly got his 42nd domestic goal of the campaign inside the opening 35 seconds when he shot through the legs of Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer – making his 400th Bundesliga appearance – but Jerome Boateng was well placed to hack the ball off the line.Dortmund then had the ball in the net when Thorgan Hazard headed in, but an offside earlier in the move ruled the effort out.Bayern got more involved in the game and had a number of chances. Serge Gnabry had an attempt backheeled off the line by the retreating Lukasz Piszczek before Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka were both denied by home goalkeeper Roman Burki.However, Burki will be unhappy that he could not keep out Kimmich’s lofted effort just before the break as the Switzerland international got his hand to the ball but it still went in.Dortmund, despite the introduction of Sancho at half-time, struggled to create clear-cut chances in the second half and Haaland was replaced by Giovanni Reyna with 18 minutes remaining.But the home side had a chance to grab an equaliser when Raphael Guerreiro had a free-kick just outside the penalty area but could only shoot straight at Neuer. Mahmoud Dahoud also had a late effort saved by Neuer on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Grenade forces Goodwill Center in Lake Worth to evacuate

first_imgPolice say an unidentified person dropped off a grenade at a Goodwill Center in Lake Worth.The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office says the bomb squad is investigating if the grenade is live or not and has evacuated the store on Boutwell Road in Lake Worth Beach.The road in front of the store is closed while the bomb squad investigates, the sheriff’s office says.The Goodwill is located at 701 Boutwell Rd Ste B1, Lake Worth, FL 33461.This story is developing.last_img

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