Former Prime Minister of Cameroon, Ephraim Inoni is now facing a two-count charge of looting public funds while he was in office with help from other government officials.
was tried at the Special Criminal Court in Cameroon
on Thursday after spending 11 months in pre-trial detention.
is alleged to have embezzled $582,557 in 2003, when as a prime minister and board member of several government-owned companies, he
loooted money meant for Asset Portfolio Management (APM), the Cameroonian wing of Airport Portfolio Management
The firm supervised the auditing of leased airplanes by the defunct national carrier, Cameroon
According to the court, Inoni, who was chairman of APM board in Cameroon, disregarded the country's laws concerning the award of auditing contracts, and his younger brother had a 10% stake of APM in Cameroon.
Prosecutors averred that APM
was an establishment they used to line their pockets.
In a seperate charge, Inoni
is accused of looting $2,841,521 which was part of the money released by government-owned oil firm, National Hydrocarbons Corporations (SNH) to CAMAIR for the leasing of airplanes from US-based Ansett Worldwide