Zogo case in Cameroon: suspects referred to the preliminary investigations stage

Cameroonian journalist Martinez Zogo was found dead on January 22, 2023. © REUTERS/Amindeh Blaise Atabong

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In Cameroon, businessman Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga and around twenty people were on Tuesday, February 14, at the military court in Yaoundé, where they were presented to the government commissioner for possible indictment.

But it will still be necessary to wait before knowing the consequences of this file, the military magistrate having referred all the suspects to the stage of the preliminary investigations for additional information.


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With our correspondent in Yaoundé,

Polycarpe Essomba

The wait will have been long, very long for Jean-Pierre Amougou Belinga.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, the media magnate and the other people suspected of having played a role in the assassination of Martinez Zogo arrive at the military court.

The government commissioner is supposed to hear them there and

decide on the follow-up to be given

to this particularly burning file, which has kept Cameroon in suspense for a month.

They will be formally charged and sent to jail to await trial, most observers predict, but minutes and hours pass, and nothing happens.

Information taken, the government commissioner and other military magistrates are in council at the Ministry of Defense, a sign of the complexity and delicacy of the case.

Too many gray areas

It was only after 10 p.m. that the government commissioner finally returned to his offices and immediately began hearing the suspects.

These will be suspended around midnight.

The impatient crowd in the courtyard is informed that everyone is finally going back to the Secretary of State for Defense, for further investigation.

And a lawyer for Jean-Pierre Amagou Belinga, to add, “ 

there are still too many gray areas in this file



► To read also: The Africa press review: in Cameroon, the assassination of Martinez Zogo turns into an affair of state


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