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Paul Biya pardons French lawyer jailed for embezzlement

Paul Biya pardons French lawyer jailed for embezzlement

Cameroon

Cameroonian president, Paul Biya has pardoned a French lawyer serving a 25-year sentence for allegedly embezzling 1.5 million euros from the public funds.

Biya in a statement said the lawyer, Lydienne Yen-Eyoum, a Cameroonian who acquired French nationality after her union with a French husband, would no longer have to serve the remainder of her sentence.

Yen-Eyoum was arrested in 2008 and sentenced to a 25-years jail term in September 2014. She has so far spent 8 years at the Kondengui High Security prison in the capital, Yaounde.

It's a miracle. She is being freed from prison this evening," her lawyer Caroline Wassermann said in Paris.

The supreme court had last year upheld the sentence but the lawyer had proclaimed her innocence.

“It’s a miracle. She is being freed from prison this evening,” her lawyer Caroline Wassermann said in Paris.

According to a source from the presidency, her release was as a result of a diplomatic negotiations between France and Cameroon.

Last December, French Senator Jean-Yves Leconte had requested for a presidential pardon for the lawyer. She was arrested along with several others in an anti-corruption sweep.

Her release brings to mind that of Michel Thierry Atangana, another French citizen of Cameroon origin also sentenced to prison for embezzlement.

Press Agency