Former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, seeking refuge in Equatorial Guinea will be prosecuted for illegal accumulation of wealth, the State Attorney General has said.By Njodzeka Danhatu
In a statement on Friday, September 13, The Gambian Justice Minister, Abubacarr Tambadou said the government planned to indict Yahya Jammeh on allegations of theft and corruption.
This comes after the commission of inquiry set up by President Adama Barrow, to probe into Jammeh’s 22-year reign, submitted its findings on March this year.
According the Justice Minister cum Attorney General, “The commission also found that disproportionate amounts of resources were wasted, misappropriated and diverted by former president Jammeh.”
Mr.Tambadou further said that the ex-president acquired more than 280 private and commercial properties, islands, forest parks, wetland and wildlife reserves during his time in power. He is said to have embezzled close to half a billion dollars.
Yahya Jammeh came to power in 1994 in a bloody coup d’état and was later defeated during the presidential elections in 2016.
After conceding defeat, he then nullified the election results citing interference from western nations. In January, 2017, he fled the country after troops embarked on an attack to remove him.
Few months back, the Gambian Justice and Reconciliation Commission reported that Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women for rape during his era which human rights organisations have termed dictatorial.
The atrocities committed by Jammeh, warrants prosecution,”the damage former president Jammeh has caused to government institutions, public resources and state owned enterprises is of such serious nature,” said Tambadou.