By Dibussi Tande
“The United States hereby informs the Court that President Biya is immune from this suit...this determination is controlling and is not subject to judicial review. No court has ever subjected a sitting head of state to suit once the Executive Branch has determined that the head of state is immune." U.S. Department of Justice.
YVES MICHAEL FOTSO vs. Republic of Cameroon, Paul Biya, Pascal Magnaguemabe, Justice Soh, Jean Baptiste Bokam, Colonel Amadou, and Innocent Mbouem. In the United States District Court for the District of Oregon, Eugene Division.
In August 2012, Yves Michel Fotso, the former General Manager of CAMAIR, then in pre-trial detention for his alleged role in the Albatross presidential plane scandal, filed a civil suit in the US District Court in Eugene Oregon against President Biya and five other Cameroonian officials for torture by a public official, false imprisonment, and breach of contract. He later received a 25-year jail sentence for his role in that scandal.