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

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars on Jan. 1 card at Arizona Speedway

first_imgGrandstand admission is $15 for adults and seniors and free for kids ages 11 and under. Pit passes are $35 for adults, $10 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under. QUEEN CREEK, Ariz. – The first green flag of the 2020 IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season flies Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Arizona Speedway.  A 40-lap feature for IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars is on the program for the ninth annual New Year’s Day special. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Southern Region and E3 Spark Plugs Arizona State points will be awarded.center_img Pit gates open at 10 a.m., the grandstand opens at 11 a.m. and racing is at noon. last_img read more

Bellamy proud as Bluebirds soar

first_img The former Newcastle attacker, back with the club he grew up supporting on the terraces of Ninian Park, fell to his knees, overcome with emotion, when the final whistle blew against Charlton on Tuesday night. That goalless draw meant the end of their 51-year exile from the top tier and long-time supporter Bellamy explained just what it meant to him and his father to be part of a Cardiff promotion-winning side. “You can’t describe it,” the 33-year-old said. “When I saw the referee wave the linesmen over because of what was about to happen it was some feeling. “I dropped to my knees because I was exhausted and because of utter relief. You can’t explain it. I’m just so grateful to have played a small part at this club on a momentous day. “It was emotional, especially to have people I truly love around me as well and to share this with me. “To see my dad after it and all the heartache he has gone through watching Cardiff City over the years. “I lost count of the amount of games we went to on a wet Tuesday night and he’d pull me aside and leave with 10 minutes to go and he’d say we were never going back. “The following Saturday we’d be there again and for him to see that and for his son to play a part makes it even more special and that hit home to me as well. “He said he would die a happy man.” Cardiff forward Craig Bellamy struggled to put into words his feelings from the moment when his boyhood club clinched their long-awaited return to the top flight.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more