The decree was made public on Thursday, July 06, 2017 in the evening. The Cameroonian president, Paul Biya, dismissed Pascal Magnaguemabe, a magistrate of the 4th grade, who is already on the list of persons targeted in Operation “Epervier”. It is an operation that consists in improving morals in the management of public resources.
The magistrate of grade 4, in the person of Pascal Magnaguemabe, was therefore dismissed from the body of the Cameroonian magistracy counted from the date of 06 July 2017 for “extortion of powers of attorney” to ladies who were heirs of an estate, and For appropriation of part of the sales funds of a part of the coffee plant of the said estate.
Moreover, the text specifies that the magistrate is revoked “without suspension of pension rights”.
It should be noted that the dismissal of Pascal Magnaguemabe intervenes only one month after the holding in Yaounde of the Superior Council of the Judiciary, which was presided over by President Paul Biya.
For some observers, the decision of Paul Biya arrives very late in a country where the magistrates are deemed to be corrupt. Cameroonian judges are, in fact, regularly accused of demanding bribes from litigants. Apart from Pascal Magnaguemabe, other similar cases may be unveiled in the coming days.
Pascal Magnaguemabe was feared by many litigants involved in the operations related to the operation “Epervier”. He had been challenged by Marafa Hamidou Yaya, the former deputy prime minister, minister of territorial administration of the Biya regime. The dismissal had been sentenced to 25 years in prison, before seeing his sentence reduced by 5 years, before the Supreme Court.