Ex-President Yahya Jammeh

Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh has been barred from entry into the United States.

Mr Jammeh who ruled the Gambia from July 1994 to December 2016, is currently living in exile in Equatorial Guinea following his defeat in the general elections.

His regime is accused of committing serious rights abuses including torture and arbitrary detention.

According to Mike Pompeo, Secretary of State, the decision to deny Mr Jammeh entry to the United States is ‘due to his involvement in significant corruption.’

Mr Jammeh’s Moroccan wife , Zineb Jammeh And His two children, Mariam Jammeh and Muhammad Yahya Jammeh have also been slapped with the ban.

“The United States is committed to combating corruption, increasing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and promoting good governance globally,” Mr Pompeo said.

“The United States stands with the government of the Gambia, its people, and civil society in support of the Gambia’s transition towards greater transparency, accountability, and democratic governance, for the benefit of all Gambians.”