Government places lien on properties of 14 Jammeh associates, institutions

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, The Gambia: Gambia’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubacarr Tambadou have announced that government has placed a lien on the properties of fourteen of former President Yahya Jammeh’s close associates and institutions.

The fourteen individuals and institutions are: business man Amadou Samba, Tarek Musa, fazegi Mazegi, Elija Reymond, Martin Keller, Nicolae Buziainu, Dragos Buziainu, Ali Youssef Sharara, Woreh Njie-Ceesay, Toni Ghattas, Feryane Diab Ghanem, Trust Bank Limited, Guaranty Trust Bank and MA Kharafi and Sons company.

Mr. Tambadou announced the government decision during a news conference in his office in Banjul, at the release of the 93-page report of the Commission of Inquiry that was established by President Adama Barrow in July 2017, to probe into financial activities of public bodies, enterprises and offices as regards to their dealings with the country’s former President, Yahya Jammeh.

The report indicts several other former officials of the Jammeh government on misappropriation of millions of Gambian dalasis and foreign currencies. It also indicted Jammeh himself who took the largest chunk of the misappropriation deal.

Mr. Jammeh and his government have been accused of adverse financial mismanagement during his 22-year dictatorship rule, which also bankrupted the country’s economy. During the sittings of the Commission of Inquiry, his one-time Presidential affairs minister Dr. Njogu Lamin Bah, who is also indicted by the report described Jammeh of having “real” appetite for money.

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