Ex-President Yahya Jammeh

(JollofNews) –  Authorities in the Gambia have slapped criminal charges against three brothers of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Araba Jammeh, Jalamang Jammeh and Sainey Jammeh are charged with two counts of theft and released on police bail.

They are accused of  stealing and selling cows belonging to their brother who is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Family sources told JollofNews that the brothers have denied any wrong doing and are still in shock at their treatment by the police.

Araba Jammeh

“They did not steal the cows. They had permission from Chairman [Jammeh] to sell the cows and use some of the money for the family and settle salary arrears of some of the workers on his farm,” a family member told JollofNews.

“These are honest and hardworking men who have never  stolen a butut in their lives.”

The brothers have been in police net since on Tuesday. They were questioned at a police station in Bwiam for several hours before being asked to voluntarily report to the police headquarters on Wednesday where they were detained until Friday afternoon.

As part of the bail conditions, the men who all live in Kanilai are asked to make 119 kilometres journey everyday to the police headquarters in Banjul.