The US Department of justice is seeking the confiscation of Maryland property owned by ex-Gambian President Yahya Jammeh worth about $ 3.5 million dollars, which it is believed to have acquired as a result of illegal activities during his two decades at the helm of the West African country.
“Yahya Jammeh conspired with family members and close associates to use a variety of shell companies and overseas trusts to launder his corrupt earnings around the world, including by purchasing a multimillion – dollar mansion in Potomac, Maryland,” the Justice Department said in a statement.
According to the Department of justice, the property in Maryland was officially acquired through a trust established by Jammeh’s wife.
“The seizure of this property is just another example of our ongoing efforts to protect the U.S. financial infrastructure by denying asylum to foreign kleptocrats,” said acting Executive Director Alice Erich of the U.S. Department of homeland security’s (HSI) office of immigration and customs enforcement.
“HSI will not allow foreign officials to use our country to hide their corrupt activities and launder illegal income,” she added.
Jammeh was 29 when he took power in a 1994 military coup. He ruled over Gambia for more than 22 years. He and his wife, Zineb Jammeh, fled into exile in Equatorial Guinea after he lost a December 2016 presidential election to Adama Barrow.
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