The Attorney General and Justice Minister Hon Ba Tambadou yesterday told journalists that his office has obtained a court order freezing or placing a temporary hold on the known assets of the former President Yahya Jammeh and companies directly associated with him.
According to the Minister, this order affects 131 landed properties held in the personal name of the former president or companies directly associated with him, 88 different bank accounts, 14 companies and a number of livestock purportedly belonging to former President Jammeh.
The minster further disclosed that the application for the freezing order was necessitated by the discovery of unauthorized withdrawals of millions of dalasis and foreign currencies by former President from the Central Bank and other state corporations.
“Preliminary investigations have revealed that between 2006 and 2017, Yahya Jammeh personally or under his instruction directed the unlawful withdrawal of at least D189 million from funds belonging to Social Security and Housing Finance Corporation, SSHFC.
“All indications are that these discoveries are a tip of the iceberg. This list is by no means exhaustive. We request anyone with information to come forward and share this information to the nearest police station,” Justice Minister Tambadou said.
Turning to other matters, the minister said a draft bill for the establishment of The Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparation Commission is finalized and approved by cabinet and now waiting for National Assembly endorsement.
He also revealed that one Barrister Hussein Thomas has been appointed special adviser to the Justice Minister responsible for all reform activities of the ministry including transitional Justice processes.