Ex-President Jammeh lives in Equatorial Guinea

(JollofNews) – Police in the Gambia have formally detained two brothers of former President Yahya Jammeh.

Jalamang Jammeh and Sainey Jammeh are being held at the police headquarters in Banjul were they are being questioned by detectives at the Major Crime Unit.

Their elder brother, Araba Jammeh, who is suffering from ill-health has been released on police bail.

Police are yet to reveal the reasons for the brothers’ detention. But family sources have told JollofNews that they are being questioned in connection with the sale of some cows belonging to the ex-president.

The sale was reportedly authorised by ex-President Jammeh.

The Jammeh brothers are employed at the various farms of their brother but have not been paid since the demise of his regime in January.

Ex-President Jammeh who is the breadwinner of the family and currently in exile in Equatorial Guinea, has reportedly asked the brothers to sell off some of his cows to settle the salary arrears of other employees working on his farms and for the upkeep of the family.

Mr Jammeh’s assets have not been frozen by the new regime of Adama Barrow, but authorities are reportedly trying to established how many properties and businesses he owns in the country.

Police spokesman Foday Conta said the brothers are being questioned with regards to certain information investigators need to know.

Unlike other developed countries, Gambian security officers can invite people for questioning at various security posts without informing them what they are being summoned for.

Also people who are being questioned can be kept in custody for hours or several days without the right to a lawyer and cannot give a no comment interview.

Human right groups have catalogued reports were suspects have revealed that they were tortured and forced into making confessions by police and other security officers.

Until the demise of the Jammeh regime in January, the Jammeh brothers were untouchable.

And while they have not been accused of any rights abuse which has characterised their brother’s 22-year rule, they were revered by people in their community.