The US justice department is set to seize the property of former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh in the US capital, on the pretext that he bought the property with proceeds of bribery and embezzled public funds.
Mr. Jammeh bought the $3.5m mansion about a decade in a Washington suburb when he was in power.
He is said to have bought the property through a trust set up by his wife Zineb Jammeh.
The former president ruled The Gambia for more than 20 years and run away from the country after losing the 2017 elections and now lives in Equatorial Guinea.
Mr Jammeh’s 22 Years Reign
The 22 years in power of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh came to an inglorious end in 2017.
He initially accepted defeat after 22 years in power, but then turned around and announced he would contest the result, then later ate humble pie and left the country.
He was the first President to peacefully hand over power in The Gambia since independence from Britain in 1965.
Reports claimed that the threat of military intervention from regional states may be part of the reasons he vacated power.