Jammeh must be prosecuted, insists his former foreign minister

No amount of negotiations or concessions will ever save Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh from his day in court, said Sidi Sanneh, a former minister and ambassador.

Sanneh is accusing Jammeh of rape, torture, assassinations, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances.

Mr. Sanneh is agreeing with a senior member of the coalition government-in-waiting that Mr. Jammeh and his wife, Zineb Souma Jammeh, a Guinean-Moroccan must be investigated and prosecuted for crimes against the state and amassing wealth illicitly.

“Jammeh should be charged for pilfering of the national treasury that made it possible for him and his wife to immerse themselves in the vulgar hubby of conspicuous consumption of luxury goods when the majority of Gambians are living in squalor and misery,” said Sanneh.

President Yahya Jammeh’s net worth is estimated at US$1.2 billion with mansions and businesses spread across the world – in Washington suburbs, amid Eastern Europe’s eye-catching architecture and in the buzzing inner squares of the Middle East.

The country’s longtime ruler is refusing to step down after losing elections. Guinea’s President Alpha Conde says Jammeh must not be prosecuted. Experts associated Mr. Jammeh’s refusal to leave power over fear of prosecution.

A spokesperson for President-elect Adama Barrow told reporters that Mr. Jammeh would not be prosecuted and will be treated respectfully as a former president.

Mr. Barrow said Jammeh would be consulted if his government needs advise.

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