Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s Maryland Property Confiscated

Former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s Maryland Property Confiscated (News Central TV)

The U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday it has secured the forfeiture of a Maryland mansion purchased by former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh through a trust set up by his wife, Zineb.

Worth about $3.5 million, the property is believed to be from proceeds of corruption. Jammeh took power in a 1994 coup. He was forced out after losing a 2016 election to the current president, Adama Barrow, and fled to Equatorial Guinea. He has denied allegations of wrongdoing.

A court-ordered judgment and order of forfeiture had come on Tuesday, the Justice Department said.

The judgment is coming as a result of a civil forfeiture complaint filed by the United States in 2020 which sought the forfeiture of the Potomac Maryland mansion.

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Gambia’s government on Wednesday said it accepted a recommendation by a truth and reconciliation commission that the exiled Jammeh be prosecuted for killings and other suspected crimes from his time in office.

The United States alleged that Jammeh corruptly enriched himself through the misappropriation of stolen public funds and the solicitation of bribes from enterprises seeking to obtain monopoly rights over various sectors of the Gambian economy.

“The United States intends to sell the property, and recommend to the Attorney General that the net proceeds from the sale of the forfeited property be used to benefit the people of The Gambia harmed by former President Jammeh’s acts of corruption and abuse of office,” the Justice Department said on Thursday.

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