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Former Gambian leader sued for fraudulent AIDS treatment



The plaintiffs claim financial damages for damages suffered and a statement by the Supreme Court that their human rights have been violated, said the AIDS-free world interest group.

All three victims underwent a treatment program that called Jammeh a cure for HIV / AIDS. Jammeh announced that he had discovered a cure for the disease in front of a group of foreign diplomats in 2007 and told them that the treatment of his ancestors was revealed in a dream.

"My experience in the President's treatment program was a horror" Fatou Jatta, a plaintiff in this case, said in the AIDS-Free World Declaration. "I could have lost my life."

Jammeh, a former army colonel without medical training, claimed that a certain blend of herbs and spices would cure the disease that plagued Africa for decades. The cloudy brown brew was taken daily and applied to the skin, which often led to violent illnesses, according to AIDS-Free World. Jammeh also prayed about patients because the mixture was administered in government facilities. [1

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 Gambian President Yahya Jammeh prays to a patient at the State House in Banjul on February 15, 2007 while administering his alleged HIV medicinal herbs.

[19659003] The treatment sparked outright outrage among health professionals who claimed that there was no medical basis to support treatment and urged patients to continue taking antiretroviral drugs.

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The UN envoy to Gambia, Fadzai Gwaradzimba, was judged by the international health community after being warned of the country's use and advise patients to continue with normal treatment.

"There is no cure for AIDS – if an individual of the great power claims otherwise, human health is endangered, life has been cut and a deadly epidemic extended – all in the service of the insatiable ego of Yahya Jammeh, one of the greatest villains of modern times, "said Sarah Bosha, the legal research and policy assistant of AIDS-Free World, in a statement.

  Former President Yahyah Jammeh beckons to a group of supporters before leaving the country at Banjul International Airport on January 21, 2017. Jammeh was beaten by current President Adama Barrow and ended his 22-year reign.

The treatment program ran from 2007 to 2016, when Jammeh lost a national election. After initially rejecting the election result, Jammeh left the country for Guinea with the prospect of military intervention by neighboring West African states. Jammeh had led the country for two decades after taking power in a 1994 military coup.

It remains unclear how many people will receive the treatment or the full consequences of people who do not use their antiretroviral medicines.

"Jammeh has to pay for what he did to us," said Lamin Ceesay, another plaintiff in this case.

CNN could not contact Jammeh or a representative for him.


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