Yahya Jammeh ruled the Gambia for 22 years (Marco Longari / AFP)
The US Department of Justice has issued a decision to confiscate the property of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, his wife and children. The confiscation proceedings started in a house that Jameh bought while he was in power, during the period from July 22, 1994 to January 1, 2017, for about $ 3.5 million, with “corruption proceeds”, by a company owned by his wife, Zainab, was founded. Jameh, called “Potomac”, based in the state of Maryland in the United States.
The decision came to implement a final court decision of confiscation on May 24th. News agencies were interested in periodically publishing the news that came to us by mail, among the letters we received, and those who requested it, from the U.S. Department of Justice. However, Arab media were not interested in following it, except through one channel issued in the English language.
Prosecuting the corruption of presidents and officials has been a major goal of the Arab Spring revolutions, but not all have achieved this goal.
The persecution of the corruption of presidents and officials was a major goal of the Arab Spring revolutions, but not all of them achieved this goal, after the hijacking of revolutions and the success of the deep state in withholding information, or the silence of the revolutionary ear pursues the plundered money, crushing heads inevitably eliminates tails.
It was not surprising that Switzerland abandoned the financial corruption cases pursued by former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family. The Swiss public prosecutor said: “He has not received any documents from the Egyptian authorities, despite his repeated appeals. on them. “
Tunisia’s money with which former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his men fled has been lost. Previously, Rifaat al-Assad, brother of Hafez Assad, won millions of dollars in Syria, where he smuggled them to Paris.
If we talk about Arab money being looted in the capitals of Europe, the United States and others, the list goes to leaders, ministers and businessmen, but the case of Yahya Jameh came because of the efforts of the people and the dedication of the country that houses the money to pursue corruption that occurs within its territory from foreigners, or that is committed by its citizens abroad.
The verdict came as a result of a lawsuit filed by the U.S. government in July 2020, in which the confiscation of the property of the Potomac Corporation, the company that was a channel for smuggling public funds from the Gambian people was stolen, and the bribe was requested. Jammeh demanded from companies that monopolized various sectors of the Gambian economy.
The US government has proven that the president’s family and his closest associates in power took advantage of a group of shell companies and foreign investment funds to launder their money in many regions of the world, so the government changed the grievance in August 2020, with a request to sell the mansion that the first lady bought for millions of dollars, for the benefit of the Gambian people affected by the corruption of the former president.
The case of Yahya Jameh came as a result of the efforts of the people and the commitment of the country that houses the funds to pursue corruption that occurs within its territory of foreigners.
“Corrupt foreign officials will not be allowed to hide their illegal money in Maryland or anywhere else in the United States,” the Maryland attorney general said. “We will use all available tools to locate that money and return it to its owners. “
Several federal agencies were involved in the prosecution of the corrupt, who asked individuals with information about possible return to foreign corruption or money laundering of any official or individual to contact them for law enforcement.
Yahya Jameh remained in the presidency of his country for 22 years, so he formed a wide network of corrupt officials and politicians, who helped him commit crimes against humanity in a poor Muslim country on the west coast of Africa is located. The corrupt executed hundreds of opponents and was accused of raping a number of women, forcing hundreds to disappear and killing 270 opponents at the hands of the regime and its agents.
The Gambians formed a commission to investigate his crimes, after being forced to admit his defeat in the elections and handing over power to an elected president. The committee heard about 393 witnesses and victims in an investigation into the death squads that the regime managed to get rid of its critics.
Eyewitnesses confirmed that Yahya Jameh was personally involved in the commission of some crimes, and recommendations were issued to prosecute him, both at home and abroad, on May 25, 2022.
His successor, President Adama Barrow – whose election ended more than 22 years of authoritarian rule – could not go after Yahya Jammeh because he had the support of corrupt leaders like him in Africa and Arab countries.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has recommended that Yahya Jameh and a number of his accomplices be prosecuted in an international court, and that he, his family and his husbands be barred from holding a diplomatic passport. Consequently, the United States refused to grant him a visa to enter its territory.
The African decision was not the result of an awakening in the hearts of presidents and officials, some of whom still grant immunity to corrupt presidents and coup leaders.
The money remained in the custody of the evicted corrupt president, but he did not enjoy it at all. All he got was a promise of security to live in Equatorial Guinea, with the support of the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania, in exchange for his resignation on January 21, 2017. The African Union was forced to make a decision not to deal with Yahya Jameh, as an “irresponsible and corrupt president.”
The African decision did not come as a result of an awakening in the hearts of presidents and officials, some of whom still grant immunity to corrupt presidents and leaders of military coups, who have been active in the mainland in recent years, reminiscent of the black phase of the seventies of the last century, which brought people back to a situation that was worse than they were during the period of European colonialism, Rather because the Gambian people joined forces to bring corruption and the corrupt to to strive.
The power of this people was that it became the only one of its kind, which could force the International Criminal Court in The Hague to investigate the genocide committed by the Buddhist majority in Myanmar against the Rohingya Muslims, with the support of the military forces
The Gambian government has taken the thorny file to the International Criminal Court on behalf of 57 Muslim countries, which are members of the Muslim World League, to explain in documents how extremist Buddhists, with the support of military militias attached to the army, have killed dozens. of thousands of Rohingya Muslims by burning inside their homes, and displacing some two million people to their homes in Prairie, to live in the swamps of Bengal Bay.
The stolen money will return to a people who have refused to surrender their will to other countries, or coexist with the corruption of the motley people and the bats of the deep state.
Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Prime Minister, linked to Buddhist extremists and the military, to protect them from international persecution From the persecution of the corrupt president and his clique.
Yahya Jameh lives in the jungles of tropical Africa as a single man, after his wife left him to live in Senegal. The stolen money will return to a people who have refused to surrender their will to other countries, or coexist with the corruption of the motley people and the bats of the deep state.