Gambia’s Commission of Inquiry into the finances and assets dealings of former president Yahya Jammeh and associates was given an extension because of the emergence of new evidence, said the justice minister on Monday.

“The emergence of new evidence, which warrants the calling of more witnesses to testify before the Commission, the nature and complexity of the evidence adduced by witnesses before the Commission, which will necessitate the procurement of the services of forensic accountants and auditors,” said Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Gambia Aboubacarr Tambadou.

The minister said that numerous public enterprises, bodies and offices that are the subject of this inquiry are yet to be heard, and that due to its nature, time and complexity, the investigation covering a period of over 22 years from July 22, 1994 to January 21, 2017 wouldn’t be completed within three months.

He said the ministry had sought the approval of the National Assembly on the increment of remuneration for each of the commissioners for their extension payments for the next six months. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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