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Jammeh pardons Lebanese business magnate Tajudeen

Oct 28, 2013, 9:40 AM

President Yahya Jammeh has pardoned Lebanese businessman Hussein Tajudeen of Tajco Company Limited with immediate effect, a statement issued by the presidency announced late Friday.

The move comes four months after he was declared persona non grata by the Gambia Government and asked to leave the country.

Tajudeen, said to be one of the main importers of rice, flour and a host of other goods into the country and employer of hundreds of Gambians, was ordered to leave within 72 hours in June, an order he reportedly complied with.

However, in a statement issued on Friday, the presidency announced that President Yahya Jammeh has pardoned Hussien Tajudeen.

“The general public is hereby informed that President Yahya Jammeh has pardoned Mr Hussein Tajudeen (Tajco) who had earlier been declared persona non grata,’’ the statement said.

“Mr Tajudeen is therefore free to return to The Gambia as from the 25th October 2013,” the statement added.