In the United States, the Department of Justice has filed a civil complaint seeking the forfeiture of a property acquired with about 3.5 million dollars by the ex-president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh.
The property located in Maryland, according to the claims, was acquired in corruption proceeds through a trust set up by the former first lady, Zineb Jammeh.
According to the complaint, Yahya Jammeh corruptly obtained millions of dollars through the embezzlement of public funds.
The complaint further alleges that Yahya Jammeh conspired with his family members and close associates to utilize overseas trusts to launder his corrupt proceeds throughout the world.
The case is being handled by Attorneys of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the Criminal Division with an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
A civil forfeiture complaint is an allegation that the property represents the proceeds of a crime. It is not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the United States.
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