Yaounde, Cameroon Africa. (Cameroon News) – On the eve of his swearing-in ceremony to start another seven-year term of office, President Paul re-elected in Cameroon’s presidential election of October 9, 2011, signed a decree commuting and remitting prison sentences.
The president’s measure which constitutes part of celebrations marking his re-election provides for “ Total remission of sentence in favour of those persons whose imprisonment is equal to or less than one year”.
Paul Biya in the decree commuted to 20 year, imprisonment for persons originally sentences to death and whose sentence has already been commuted to life imprisonment and commutes to life imprisonment persons who had been sentenced to death.
The decree to commute and remit sentences signed on November 3, 2011, however does not apply to “persons imprisoned and sentenced for capital murder, misappropriation of public funds, corruption, indulgence (undue demand), favour, procuring favouritism, influence, interest in grant, aggravated theft punishable with a death sentence, counterfeit note and coin, customs or tax fraud, fraud in official and other examination, fraudulent export of currency”.
The measure, the decree stated, takes effect from the date of signature, November 3, 2011.Pin It