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Biya’s bodyguards sentenced by Swiss court

Publish date: 08 July 2019
Issue Number: 831
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Criminal

Swiss authorities have handed three-month suspended sentences to five members of Cameroon President Paul Biya's security team after they were arrested last Tuesday in Geneva for allegedly assaulting a journalist. BBC News reports that a sixth member of the team was earlier released because she held a diplomatic passport. A statement by the regional government said a criminal complaint had been filed by a journalist working for Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), who alleged that he had been assaulted in front of a hotel while covering a demonstration by opponents of the Cameroonian President late last month. The Geneva-based RTS said the men were sentenced for ‘duress, damage to property and illegitimate appropriation’.

Full BBC News report