Gambia Cancels Expulsion of 'Hizbullah-Linked' Lebanese Tycoon


The Gambian government has withdrawn its expulsion of a powerful business magnate accused by the United States of funding Hizbullah party.

Lebanese-Gambian multi-millionaire Hussein Tajudeen, a former close friend of President Yahya Jammeh, had been ordered to leave the country earlier this month for "unacceptable business practices that are detrimental to the Gambian economy," according to the presidency.

But the government said Saturday that the decision to expel the businessman and his associates had been "rescinded".

"Mr Hussein and his associates are hereby allowed to continue to live and do business in the Gambia," the government said in a statement read on television late Saturday.

The expulsion order was lifted after Tajudeen agreed to carry out his activities legally, the statement added.

Tajudeen, owner of the nationwide Kairaba supermarket chain and a Gambian resident for 16 years, was the country's main importer of rice and flour as owner of the parent company, Tajco.

The business is alleged by the U.S. to be part of a multinational network that has generated millions of dollars for Hizbullah, designated by the White House as "among the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world".

U.S. sanctions imposed in December 2010 targeted a network of businesses owned or controlled by Tajudeen and his brothers in the Gambia, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the British Virgin Islands.

The Gambia has expelled Tajudeen before, in June 2013, for stocking groceries months past their sell-by date.

He was given a presidential pardon and permitted to return four months later.

Comments 27
Missing rami 28 June 2015, 14:00

Southern, you seem to start this page with a harsh attack on the US, sort of trying to tell us that one side is not guilty and the other is. This tells us that you obviously felt targeted when reading this article. Have a nice day, or whatever is left from it :)

Default-user-icon illegitimate & illiterate.southern (Guest) 28 June 2015, 14:46

well put
well said
breaking norms

Missing humble 28 June 2015, 15:20

Dare to say that you are against the plans for creating an Islamic Republic in Lebanon. If you honestly and really are against such a plan say it clearly here and now.

Missing peace 28 June 2015, 15:40

don't worry southern... we know that M8 are the champs when it comes to double standards... didn't aoun say that calling for the help of the USA is a good thing? LOL didn't he go to the US senate to seek for their help? didn't he praise the USA as friends of Lebanon?

see where the double standards lie? in the M8 camp! pityful southern.... on the edge of a nervous breakdown!

Missing peace 28 June 2015, 15:46

don't worry humble... those M8ers still think hezbollah is patriotic and obey the lebanese laws ...
it bears the koran on its flag
it calls itself islamic resistance not lebanese resistance
it pledged allegiance to the iranian islamic revolution not to the lebanese constitution
it forbids alcohol in its zones
it pays the women to wear their crow like cloth

but still for M8ers hezbollah is not an extremist islamist party ! LOL

Missing peace 28 June 2015, 14:09

check Wikileaks and you ll see hezbollah fundings coming from prostitution, crimes, drug trafficking, collusion with South american gvts and so on....
please southern cut your hypocrisy... if you were truly seeking for truth you would give facts about both usa and hezbollah... and you d discover that hezbollah is a terrorist and mafiosi entity! so you are just a supporter of terrorists and crime mafia.... LOL

Missing peace 28 June 2015, 15:37

funny coz your dear friend mooowaten use it a lot to support his BS... LOL so he is a supporter of terrorists and allied to M14 too ! hahahaha!

pityful southern.... don't cry your end is near....

Missing 28 June 2015, 19:40

This was never more than a shakedown. The president needed more $$$$$$

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 June 2015, 12:53

there was never a shred of evidence brought forward by the OFAC, their rethoric revolves around arguments like: "certain people in south american know certain people who may know certain people in lebanon who may know members of hezbollah"... only fooling those who desperately want to be fooled.

Thumb ex-fpm 29 June 2015, 15:45

"there was never a shred of evidence"
if you say so;)

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 June 2015, 15:55

Yes I say so, but are you saying otherwise? If they produced some evidence that you are aware of, please prove me wrong.

Thumb thepatriot 29 June 2015, 16:40

momo ya momo... when the Ebola guy got caught in Cyprus, you started screaming that it is a mossad scheme... even in the light of evidence you chose to refute the truth... you always have a conspiracy theory, or a scheme to come up with when your dirty Ebola gets caught... "the STL is politicized,this is not proof, it is a mossad scheme, it is a CIA plot"... yeah, we know your!

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 June 2015, 17:15

I look at facts patatriot, that's what evidence usually consists of, not just accusations.
In Cyprus here are the facts as revealed by the prosecution: the guy who was arrested had just arrived to a house he rented from an unknown owner.
Cypriot authorities got contacted "anonymously" and tipped off about the house's basement being full of fertilizers while at the same time the unknown owner of the house (how is that even possible? don't they have a land register?) can't seem to be found anywhere.
If that doesnt sound like a set-up to you, then I'm sorry but you're too dumb to be saved anyway.

Thumb thepatriot 30 June 2015, 14:25

lol momo...
except for the fact that your guy confessed! ;)

Thumb Tony.Farris 28 June 2015, 16:36

You mean hezbcocaine?

Thumb Mystic 28 June 2015, 16:59

Seems like Gambia finally realized that there are no Hezbollah in Africa, pure American propaganda. Just like the Gulf kicking out alledged "Hezb members"

Thumb jaafar.ibn.iblees 28 June 2015, 17:42

is that a martyred jihadi iranian terrorist family in your avatar?

Thumb -phoenix1 28 June 2015, 17:46

Poor Gambians, with a president like that. He has been focusing his attacks on powerful Lebanese companies that have done him or his country no harm. The Lebanese are main locomotives of economic development in Africa, and this for decades and decades, providing among others, employment and opportunities for untold numbers of Africans. In the case of Gambia, its dictator president is seemingly learning the importance of the Lebanese presence in his country. If his country's economy dies, so will he, if not now, soon enough.

Thumb EagleDawn 28 June 2015, 17:56

did you know that @mowateh could have had the Gambian passport years ago but he declined?

Thumb EagleDawn 28 June 2015, 17:58

The Tajudeens are known terrorists and members of the iranian sectarian militia.

Missing hajjradwan 28 June 2015, 21:16

The USA did not found anything. It funded the Mujahideen already fighting the Soviet and Afghan armies. Around the mid 1980s Khomeini also funded some Mujahideen factions. The Taliban were at the time a small part of the Mujahideen. They grew in power during the Afghan civil war, after the the Soviets withdrew, as the various larger factions fought and weakened each others and consecutive governments failed.
Assad refusal to reform was the primary cause of the Syrian civil war, Putin, Iran's Sobhani and his own VP Shaaraa openly admitted to this. The desertion of the cardboard army of Iranian tool Maliki, Assad's gas fields revenues and the wholesale jail releases fulled and empowered ISIL and Nusra.
BTW, Hezballah was founded and funded by the Iranian revolutionary guards explicitly to export Khomeini's stone aged Islamic theology and the Islamic revolution. Their first task was to murder the leaders of the National Resistance especially from Amal and LCP.

Thumb amatoury114 29 June 2015, 17:01

at least hajjradwan knows history mish mitlak ya southern!!!

Thumb thepatriot 29 June 2015, 09:37

lol southy :D

Thumb -phoenix1 29 June 2015, 14:23

Shia, agreed, but let us not forget that Gambia under dictator Jammeh since 1994 is one of the most corrupt countries in Africa. It wasn't like that before, this man singlehandedly rotted the country and is behaving like he was a God. Now that he is cash strapped, he is using every single trick in the trade to wince out cash from the business community. In April he closed down the business of a Christian Lebanese owned company, the largest in Gambia, now reopened after weeks of closure and countless of citizens who lost their employments.

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 June 2015, 14:33

Agreed? Seriously now? "corrupt houthis.. it is in their genes"... you agree to that!?

Thumb EagleDawn 29 June 2015, 14:55

stop harassing posters you delusional troll

Thumb _mowaten_ 29 June 2015, 15:17

هل انت... غبي؟