Lawyer Edu Gomez says he did not receive a penny from Gambia’s former autocratic ruler

Lawyer Edu Gomez says he did not receive a penny from Gambia’s former autocratic ruler

Gambia’s former Attorney General and lawyer for former dictator Yahya Jammeh have denied receiving a paycheck of US$400,000 (D16 million) for his services to represent the autocratic ruler and his APRC party in court.

Gomez was helping Jammeh to appeal the outcome of the country’s December elections, in which Mr. Jammeh suffered defeat in the hand of President Adama Barrow.

“I never asked for US$400,000 and I was never given such amount, not even a single Dollar. Not one dalasi reached me,” he said.

Gomez did not rule out that the sum might have been paid through a third party but insists ‘nothing can be further away from the truth’ regarding the pay he received.

Attempts by Gomez to have Jammeh’s petition heard in court and to secure a ruling that would bar Mr. Barrow from being sworn-in failed.

He fled the country to neighboring Senegal after military action to oust Jammeh became imminent. Whiles in Senegal, Gomez wrote to Mr. Jammeh counseling him to step down.

Jammeh last month was forced into exile and fled to Equatorial Guinea after regional troops entered the country to capture him.

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