Cameroon. In February, three women were tried for homosexuality. Sexual contact between people of the same sex is prohibited in Cameroon and can result in between six months and five years in prison. The women were identified by the one woman’s husband, who reportedly told her to have had sexual relations with the other two women. The trial was updated in March but had not resumed at the end of 2012.
In April, former Prime Minister Ephraim Inoni and former Interior Minister Marafa Hamidou Yaya were arrested. They were charged with embezzlement in connection with the purchase of a new aircraft for Cameroon’s president in the United States in 2004. The jet cost $ 31 million. Already during the premiere tour, the plane’s engine began to malfunction and the pilot was forced to land emergency. On board was then President Paul Biya with wife and children. Afterwards it emerged that the Cameroon delegation had bought an old but freshly painted plan.
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Former Interior Minister Yaya had been seen as a possible successor to Biya but was dismissed in December 2011 when the jet deal was discovered.
In September 2012, Yaya was sentenced to 25 years in prison for his involvement in the jet plane business. Yaya denied the crime and said he would appeal the verdict, which he believed was political. Earlier, another former minister, a former US ambassador and the head of the now defunct national airline had been convicted of his involvement in the deal. The verdict against former Prime Minister Inoni was expected to come later.
In 2012, President Biya celebrated 30 years in power. He is thus one of the African leaders who has managed to stay in power for the longest time. Biya, who has ruled Cameroon since 1982, has said he wants to be remembered as the one who introduced democracy in the country. Admittedly – after threatening civil war – he agreed to introduce multi-party systems and hold the first multi-party in 1992, but Biya has been criticized for electoral fraud at all re-elections. In addition, since the constitution was amended in 2008, he can be re-elected as many times as possible and cannot be prosecuted even if he resigns.
According to countryaah, the population of Cameroon in 2012 was 23,298,257, ranking number 55 in the world. The population growth rate was 2.750% yearly, and the population density was 49.2868 people per km2.