The nation was shocked when the video first came to light in 2018 but the government was quick with its denials.
Initially, the government spokesperson said the film was shot in Mali and the uniforms shown in the footage were not ones used by soldiers in that area of Cameroon.
But as the evidence mounted it became more difficult to deny.
It is rare for soldiers to be convicted for the killing of civilians in Cameroon but it has happened before.
Three are currently in jail over the deaths of 13 civilians in the country’s North-West region, where the army is fighting a separatist insurgency.
The 10-year sentences may appear lenient but they are in line with similar incidents, a lawyer told me.
The length of a sentence is decided by a judge, the circumstances under which the crime was committed and his interpretation of the law.
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