Probe into Jammeh’s associates is not a witch-hunt: Barrow

Probe into Jammeh’s associates is not a witch-hunt: Barrow

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has said the commission to investigate allegations of corruption and businesses of ex-President Yahya Jammeh is not a witch-hunt against his close associates.

Jammeh with his associates is accused of abuse of office, financial mismanagement, and willful violation of the Constitution.

“The commission is not established to witch hunt anybody,” said Mr. Barrow.

“We are committed to the restoration accountability and getting rid of corruption here.”

Jammeh and his associates have laundered hundreds of millions of dollars out of the country and siphoned billions, according to Gambian authorities.

Jammeh ran everything from bakeries to farms during his tenure and was regularly accused of taking over successful businesses for his own gain with the help of his associates.

The commission will subpoena some of Jammeh’s associates after last month’s freezing of his domestic assets affected several other businesses.

Jammeh stole at least $50 million before fleeing to Equatorial Guinea and had spent more than $147 million in the last three years of his rule.

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