Gambia discovers seven more Jammeh bank accounts

Gambia discovers seven more Jammeh bank accounts

Gambian authorities have found seven new bank accounts associated with former President Yahya Jammeh, Attorney General Aboubacarr Tambadou said.

It brings the number of bank accounts associated with the ousted leader to 95 as authorities race to seize Jammeh’s assets, while a commission looks into allegations of corruption and financial mismanagement.

Gambia’s Justice Department froze Jammeh’s domestic assets in May, a move that was the instant seizure of 131 landed properties, 88 banks accounts, 14 companies, and livestock.

Jammeh withdrew $50 million in public money from the Central Bank before fleeing to Equatorial Guinea and the country’s new government said he spent more than $147 million in the last three years of his rule.

He allegedly siphoned millions to feed a lavish lifestyle, including private jets, mansions in the United States, Morocco, and Europe and a fleet of expensive cars.

Gambian authorities have asked all those in possession of Jammeh’s unknown assets to come forward or face penalties if discovered by state investigators.

Jammeh was forced to step down in January after 22 years in power. He was sensationally defeated in the December presidential election by real estate developer Adama Barrow.

The defeated leader then fought for weeks to hold on to the presidency, before finally standing down under the threat of military intervention from West African forces.

Aside from the years of corruption and money laundering under Jammeh, the Justice Department is also probing reports of dozens of forced disappearances as bereaved relatives have come forward clamoring for justice.

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