By Dibussi Tande
President Paul Biya has signed into law, the bill relating to the (new) penal Code (Law No. 2016/007 of 12 July 2016).
Prior to its adoption by Parliament last June, the penal code bill was the target of widespread criticism from legal scholars, the Bar Council, civil society organizations and the general public because of a number of controversial provisions. Specifically targeted was the provision granting government ministers immunity from prosecution, along with other provisions punishing rent defaulters, criminalizing begging and adultery, and maintaining the death penalty.