The Gambia’s attorney general and minister of justice on Friday urged the United States government to extend sanctions to include the family of the former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh.

Speaking at a news conference in Banjul, Abubacarr Tambadou called for the sanction list to include the former president’s wife Zeinab Jammeh.

“We of course recognize the fact that this action comes less than a year after Jammeh left power and therefore clearly demonstrates the commitment of the U.S. Government to support the people of the Gambia in their quest for justice,” said Tambadou.

On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department announced the decision to include former president Jammeh and former intelligence chief Yankuba Badjie and companies associated with them on the recent list of sanctions.

The United States justified that the move is to “taking a strong stance against human rights abuse and corruption. This will lead to their asset freezing with a view that there is a steep price to pay for their misdeeds.” Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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