Gambia announces freezing of ex-president Jammeh assets

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: The government of The Gambia has announced that it has obtained a court order freezing, placing a temporary hold on the known assets in the country of former President Yahya Jammeh including companies directly associated with him.

This was confirmed on Monday by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Tambedou during a press briefing at the Ministry’s office in Banjul.

According to him, the freezing order affects 131 landed properties held in the personal name of former President Yahya Jammeh or companies directly associated with him.

“We have also 88 different bank accounts held in the personal name of former President Yahya Jammeh or held in the names of organizations directly associated with him; 14 companies purportedly belonging to or directly associated with former President Yahya Jammeh. A number of animals and livestock purportedly belonging to former President Yahya Jammeh is also obtained” he said.

He said the application for the freezing order was necessitated by the discovery of unauthorized withdrawals of millions of dalasis and foreign currencies by former President Yahya Jammeh.

“For example, preliminary investigations have revealed that between 2006 and 2017, former President Yahya Jammeh personally or under his instructions directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least 189,000,000 from funds belonging to Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation. Between 2013 and 2017, former President Yahya Jammeh personally or under his instructions directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least $50,000,000 from Special Projects Fund and International Gateway Accounts at the Central Bank of The Gambia. Again, these are only preliminary findings at this stage and all indications are that these discoveries are just a tip of the iceberg” he said.

According to Justice minister Tambedou, the freezing order is therefore meant to prevent former President Yahya Jammeh from liquidating or dissipating assets held in his personal name or his assets held in the names of his close associates or agents so as not to cause prejudice to the State should there be adverse findings made against him by a court of competent jurisdiction which may require the recovery of assets and monies from him by the State.

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