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Cameroon: Top Government authority ordered to be arrested if he tries to leave the country

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Investigation is being carried out under the jurisdiction of the Special Criminal Court, which requires that the former Director of ART be arrested if he attempts to leave the country.

The signs of the arrest of the former director of the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART), Jean Louis Beh Mengue, are beginning to be visible. The Special Criminal Court (SCT) has just given instructions that any exit from Cameroon be denied.

In accordance with the instructions of the Attorney General of the Special Criminal Court contained in his correspondence of 9 June 2017 on the case against Beh Mengue and others; I have the honor to request you to take all necessary measures to prohibit, until further notice, the departure of Beh Mengue Jean Louis from the national territory. In case of an attempt to leave the national territory, ask the person named above, “ it is indicated in a document signed respectively by the Attorney General of the TCS and the Head of Investigation Division of the same body.

Prior to 08 June, Jean-Louis Beh Mengue was the Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Agency (ART) since its creation in 1998. The company had been set up in a specific context.

At the time, the telecommunications sector was booming. The mobile phone companies were starting to settle in the territory, and discoveries were being made about the opportunities of their offers and services to the Cameroonian public.

Since then, consumer habits have grown. Consumers in telecommunication services (calls, SMS and the Internet) are counted in tens of millions. ART has also grown (financially in particular) .He is now ex general sectary but as usual fingers are pointing at him for financial malpractices. Jean-Louis Beh Mengue was accused by the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications of illegally granting a transitional title in 2016 to the operator Vodafone. Moreover, the guardianship required of him the exhaustive list of all the other operators in the same situation. The former GD initially waited for a ministerial summons before it was carried out.

Moreover, in July 2013, the Supreme Council of the State (Consupe), an administration responsible for ensuring good public expenditure management and respect for procedures, pinned Jean Louis Beh Mengue on numerous mistakes that caused The State billions of CFA francs.

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