Former Gambian president to be prosecuted over graft claims

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Former Gambia President Yahya Jammeh-Photo by AFP
Former Gambia President Yahya Jammeh-Photo by AFP

The Gambian government on Friday said it intended to prosecute former president Yahya Jammeh on allegations of theft and corruption.

Jammeh, who ruled the tiny West African state for 22 years, fled the country in January 2017 after losing presidential elections and initially refusing to step down.

The former president acquired more than 280 private and commercial properties, islands, forest parks, wetland and wildlife reserves during his time in power, according to a commission of inquiry cited by Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou.

Tambadou described it as an “unconscionable land grab”.

The commission was established by President Adama Barrow and has been probing assets accumulated by Jammeh, his family and associates during his rule, which ended after a military intervention by other West African states.

“The damage former president Jammeh has caused to government institutions, public resources and state owned enterprises is of such serious nature,” that charges should be brought, said Tambadou, who is also Attorney General.

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