Family of Gambia’s former dictator detained

Family of Gambia’s former dictator detained

At least three brothers of the Gambia’s defeated president, Yahya Jammeh were arrested and questioned by the police, according to the family.

The brothers: Araba Jammeh, Jalamang Jammeh and Sainey Jammeh were arrested in Kanilai, two hours southeast of Banjul and detained in the capital.

“They were invited to the police headquarters for questioning with regards to certain information investigators need to know,” said police spokesperson Foday Conta.

“They were first held in Bwiam for hours and Araba is sick. He is not in a good state of health,” said a family member.

The police have since released Araba on bail on health grounds but declined to give the reason for their detention. They have not been official charged, a move that could make their detention illegal.

Security sources say the Jammeh brothers are being investigated over the sale of some of the former leader’s cattle to help pay for the salaries of stranded farm employees and the upkeep of the family.

Jammeh has the biggest farm in the Gambia, Kanilai Farms. Gambian authorities are probing his financial and business transactions after accusing him of siphoning billions from the state.

Under Jammeh, Gambia’s police have been implicated in human rights abuse and civil rights violations. Detainees reported being held longer than 72 hours, sometimes even months without charges and tortured.

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