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    Cameroonian businessman arrested after journalist's murder

    A Cameroonian businessman was detained on Monday in connection with the murder of Martinez Zogo, a well-known journalist whose mangled remains were discovered near the capital Yaounde last month after he was abducted, according to the national radio station CRTV.
    Cameroon journalist Martinez Zogo's photo is displayed as fellow journalists pay their last respect to him. Source: Reuters/Amindeh Blaise Atabong.
    Cameroon journalist Martinez Zogo's photo is displayed as fellow journalists pay their last respect to him. Source: Reuters/Amindeh Blaise Atabong.

    The case has roiled the Central African nation, with some government and security officials cited by media as suspects. The president's office said last week that several suspects had been arrested, but gave no details.

    Zogo, the director of private radio station Amplitude FM, was kidnapped on 17 January by unknown assailants after trying to enter a police station to escape his attackers.

    His body was found on 22 January.

    Zogo had recently reported on air about a case of alleged embezzlement involving a media outlet with government connections owned by businessman Jean Pierre Amougou Belinga.

    Belinga's company L'Anecdote Group, which owns businesses including a private television station, confirmed his arrest in a statement on Monday. His lawyer told Reuters that his client had not been charged.

    Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in a report on Friday, citing a written confession of someone involved, that Zogo was apparently taken to a construction site that belongs to Belinga. The businessman's lawyer declined to respond to the allegation, saying they will wait for the charges.


    The RSF report said over a dozen members of Cameroon's intelligence service had been detained, including its senior leadership, one of whom provided the written confession.

    Spokespeople for Cameroon's government and the intelligence service could not be reached for comments on Monday.

    Zogo's killing was the latest in a string of attacks against journalists in Cameroon, which has a vibrant press but where President Paul Biya has a decades-long record of repressing opposition.

    The media watchdog Committee to Protect Journalists on Thursday urged Cameroon authorities to be transparent over Zogo, and also account for the death of another journalist in government custody in 2019.

    Source: Reuters

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    About Amindeh Blaise Atabong, Bate Felix, Andrew Cawthorne

    Reporting by Amindeh Blaise Atabong; Writing by Bate Felix; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne
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