Gambia abandons sales of exiled strongman’s livestock

Gambia abandons sales of exiled strongman’s livestock

Gambian authorities have suspended the sale of the country’s former President Yahya Jammeh’s livestock after the legality of the sale was questioned.

The livestock, mostly cattle were to be auctioned off after a Commission set up to investigate the financial activities of Mr. Jammeh made the decision.

The attempted sale was criticized by the opposition. A spokesperson for Jammeh’s APRC party said the Commission’s decision was “illegal and unjustifiable,” demanding a reversal.

The Attorney General Abubacarr Ba Tambadou is expected to bring a stop to the decision, and likely to see a ruling from the High Court in Banjul to have the sale carried out.

The same High Court froze Jammeh’s assets, a judgment that saw the seizure of more than 187 landed properties, 47 companies and 95 bank accounts.

Jammeh is in exile in Equatorial Guinea where he has become a farmer. Most of his cattle are specially bred and imported from Brazil and Mauritania. He is accused of fleeing the country with at least $50 million stolen from state coffers.

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