Gambian authorities have called on international partners to sanction former ruler Yahya Jammeh as the small nation tries to recover funds reportedly looted by the autocratic ruler.
Gambia’s former strongman has ruled the poor country for 22 years during which he was accused of severe rights violations including killings and disappearances.
Justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou has called on the European Union and other international partners to help the country recover its stolen loot by placing sanctions on the former ruler and his associates.
His comments came after the U.S. froze the assets of Jammeh and sanction him with his former spy chief Yankuba Badgie for corruption and human rights violations.
“We call upon the international community and all friends of The Gambia including the European Union to also adopt similar measures against former President Jammeh, his family members and close associates and companies associated with them,” he said.
Tambadou has also asked the U.S. to extend its sanction to Jammeh’s wife Zainab Souma Jammeh, who usually frequents their suburban mansion in the city of Potomac, just outside Washington, D.C.
“While we commend the US Government for this laudable act, we would like to encourage them to do more and therefore call on the United States to include on this list some family members of former President Jammeh especially his wife Mrs. Zainab Souma Jammeh.”
Jammeh is accused of stealing millions of dollars and the new government has started an inquiry into his financial activities and people close to him.
Gambia’s Parliament last week overwhelmingly supported the setting up of a commission to investigate human rights abuses under Jammeh. It will give victims a platform to tell their stories and lays the groundwork for those most responsible for grave crimes to face justice.