Zineb Jammeh, the wife of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, has been hit with US sanctions for – according to Washington – her role in economic plunder during her husband’s 22-year rule, according to the US Treasury.
According to Washington, Yahya Jammeh would have embezzled at least $ 50 million of public money during his mandate which ended in 2017, when he was forced into exile after losing the presidential election to Adama Barrow.
Much of Mr. Jammeh’s assets are controlled by his wife, according to the US Treasury.
Yahya Jammeh, 55, lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea. His lawyers have denied allegations that their client has committed wrongdoing in the past.
In July, U.S. prosecutors launched a prosecution to seize a villa owned by Mr. Jammeh in the state of Maryland in the United States, according to the American channel CBS. The villa, estimated at $ 3.5 million, was purchased in Ms Jammeh’s name, according to the same source.
It was in 1994 that Yahya Jammeh took power in The Gambia.
He is accused of abuses against many people, accusations he rejects outright.