TICKER: Gambian President Jammeh promises to execute all death row inmates by September

PRESIDENT Yahya Jammeh has announced plan to execute all those already sentenced to death for crimes in Gambia by the middle of September.

Jammeh said crimes like banditry, drug trafficking or illicit use, homosexuality, murder, terrorism and other subversive activities against either the state or the people will not be tolerated in Gambia.

In a televised address broadcast on Sunday evening and yesterday to mark this year’s Muslim feast of Eid-al-Fitr, he said that the security forces and the judiciary would continue to be empowered to enforce the law where applicable.

“By the middle of next month, all the death sentences would have been carried out to the letter; there is no way my government will allow 99 per cent of the population to be held to ransom by criminals,” Jammeh said.

Though he did not give the exact figure of those to be executed, an Agence France Presse (AFP) toll puts the figure of those condemned to death since July 2010, including former security chiefs, at 47.

However, judicial sources said the figure is higher than that.

“All those guilty of serious crimes and (who) are condemned will face the full force of the law. All punishments prescribed by law will be maintained in the country to ensure that criminals get what they deserve,” Jammeh said.

The Guardian

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