The National Assembly Validates and Adopts Military Justice Code Bill

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Members of the National Assembly spent hours in a plenary sitting of the House on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, chaired by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril during which they adopted the bills to lay down the Code of Military Justice and that to punish Offences against Civil Aviation Safety

The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defense, Joseph Beti Assomo defended the bill on the Code of Military Justice assisted by the Minister of State, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Laurent Esso

The bill  is prepared in a context marked by  major developments with the outbreak of new conflicts confronting the military and which is totally different  from that in which the instruments currently in force were adopted. 

It is in line with the drive to modernise Cameroon’s defense forces, considering that the hitherto used Code of Military Justice in the country, particularly the part relating to incriminations was culled from the French Code of Military Justice which dates back to 1930. 
The bill is based on the new Criminal Procedure Code and the revised Penal Code. It therefore updates incrimination to align with developments in the framework of military actions and morality, amends the rules relating to the organisation of military justice, grants the State Prosecutor the power to institute proceedings, a prerogative hitherto reserved to the Minister in charge of  defense and reduces the duration of remand in custody. It also specifies the tribunal that has jurisdiction over matters of misappropriation of military effects or objects, depending on the value thereof.
The Minister Delegate at the Presidency in charge of Defence, Joseph Beti Assomo, still assisted by the Minister of State, Minister of Justice and Keeper of the Seals, Laurent Esso also defended the bill to punish Offences against Civil Aviation Safety. 
The bill is aimed at boosting Cameroon’s arsenal of legal instruments against security threats, including civil aviation safety breaches which feature among the criminal acts that jeopardise the safety of persons and goods. 
The offences punishable by the the bill include illegal seizure of an aircraft, destruction of air navigation  facilities, bringing dangerous devices aboard  an aircraft or into an aircraft, hostage-taking aboard an aircraft, as well as using an aircraft in service to cause death of persons on the ground or in flight.

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