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US sanctions ex-Gambian First Lady Zineb Jammeh

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The US state department has announced economic sanctions against Zineb Jammeh, the wife of Gambia’s former President, Yahya Jammeh.

The US state department has announced economic sanctions against Zineb Jammeh, the wife of Gambia’s former President, Yahya Jammeh.

Zineb is believed to have assisted or facilitated the corruption carried out during her husband’s 22-year reign in the West African country, the department said in a statement.

“Zineb Jammeh is designated for her role in materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing support to her husband. She utilised a charitable foundation and charities as cover to facilitate the illicit transfer of funds to her husband,” the statement said.

The former president ruled The Gambia for more than 20 years. He fled the country after losing the 2017 elections and now lives in Equatorial GuineaToday, the United States imposed economic sanctions on Zineb Souma Yahya Jammeh, the former first lady of The Gambia.  Zineb Jammeh is believed to control many of the overseas assets of her husband, Yahya Jammeh, the notoriously corrupt former leader of The Gambia, who was sanctioned by the Department of the Treasury in 2017.  In addition, the State Department designated Zineb Jammeh in December 2018 under Section 7031(c) of the annual appropriations bill as an immediate family member of Yahya Jammeh, who was concurrently designated for his involvement in significant corruption.  Their children are also ineligible for entry into the United States as a result of the 2018 designation.

 

 

Zineb Jammeh is designated for her role in materially assisting, sponsoring, or providing support to her husband.  She utilized a charitable foundation and charities as cover to facilitate the illicit transfer of funds to her husband.

This action designates Zineb Jammeh pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.  The United States uses economic sanctions to promote accountability for those who assist or facilitate the corruption carried out by those like Yahya Jammeh, who abuse their positions of power for their own personal gain.

For further information on today’s action, please see the Department of the Treasury’s press