Republic of the Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh and his wife, Zineb Jammeh, arrive for the official U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit dinner hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, August 5, 2014. African leaders on Tuesday called for a deeper economic relationship with the United States, hailing investment pledges totaling more than $17 billion at a Washington summit as a fresh step in the right direction.     REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS) - RTR41DDJ

U.S. forbids citizens from doing business with Jammeh

The United States has barred its citizens from doing business with companies associated with the Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh, the Department of Treasury said.

Jammeh’s assets were seized and listed in a sanction list by the U.S. government for engaging in serious human rights abuses and corruption during his 22-year rule of the small West African nation.

Jammeh’s main company Kanilai Group International and Kanilai Worni Farms were placed on the executive order blocking the properties of those involved in corruption and human rights abuses.

Jammeh was defeated in the election last year and has been accused of using a special paramilitary hit-squad to threaten, terrorize, interrogate, and kill perceived enemies.

The exiled leader used a number of corrupt schemes to plunder The Gambia’s state coffers or otherwise siphon off state funds for his personal gain.

According to The Gambia’s Justice Ministry, Jammeh personally, or through others acting under his instructions, directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least $50 million of state funds in the last few weeks of his rule.

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