After a seven-month trial which laid bare some the corrupt practices rampant in Cameroon public corporations, the infamous "affaire FEICOM" came to a dramatic end yesterday June 28, with the condemnation of former FECOM boss Ondo Ndong to 50 years in jail and.
Also found guilty were 14 others whose sentences ranged from 20 to 48 years. The accused have 10 days to file their appeal. If his appeals fail, 61 year-old Ondo Ndong will spend the rest of his life in jail.
16 others were found not guilty.
It should be recalled that 31 FECOM employees, including Ondo Ndong were originally charged with swindling 52 billion FCFA from FECOM coffers.
Of that amount, Ondo Ndong was allegedly responsible for 29 billion FCFA. In the end, the 52 billion FCFA was reduced to 13.5 billion FCFA (13.490.460.500 Fcfa to be exact) primarily because of the absence of a paper trail. Finally, Ondo Ndong was charged with personally stealing 11 billion FCFA.
All the condemned persons are deprived of their civic rights for 10 years, and their assets seized (real estate, cars, bank accounts, businesses, etc.).
Ondo Ndong's confiscated assets include 6 cars, a 34 million FCFA bank account in Monaco, a Hotel, a church in his village, and about 20 villas, apartments and university hostels around the country.
The guilty will pay punitive damages totaling 1.3 billion FCFA and also pay back the 13.5 billion FCFA which the swindled, failing which they will get additional five years on their respective sentences.