Gambia to execute prisoners - Jammeh

2012-08-20 17:49

Banjul - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has told the people of his tiny west African nation that by the middle of September all those already sentenced to death for crimes will be executed.

He added that 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.

Jammeh said in a televised address broadcast on Sunday evening and Monday to mark this year's Muslim feast of Eid-al-Fitr that the security forces and the judiciary will 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% of the population to be held to ransom by criminals," Jammeh said.

Full force

Though he did not give the exact figure of those to be executed, an AFP toll puts the figure of those condemned to death since July 2010, including former security chiefs, at 47.
However judicial sources say 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.

"My government will take whatever legal action is necessary to expunge these deadly and heinous acts from the country," he said.

Jammeh, a former military officer who seized power in a 1994 coup, brooks no dissent in a country often blasted by rights bodies for abuses.

  • dave.nutter.75 - 2012-08-20 18:15

    Homosexuals ARE CRIMINALS??? Seized power in 1994 Sounds like a dictator to me Should be shot on sight, I would think The African spring is coming

      Wally Walters - 2012-08-20 18:27

      SA will do with a government like that

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-08-20 20:03

      @dave.nutter.75....Homosexuality is classified as a crime in other parts of Africa.Many people in SA criticize these laws but the fact is that each sovereign nation has the right to enact it's own laws and those laws must be respected by everyone when you are within the country's border.The rest of Africa does not have to accept homosexuals just because SA and the western world accepts them.What happens when SA and the western world in the future accepts peodophiles or rape as a sexual orientation instead of a crime.Should other African countries also accept peodophiles and rapists as normal people? You may think that this is far fetched but is it really? Just take a look at the filth which is being fed to us and our children on DSTV in the name of modern entertainment? No one should force their filth on us.Up until 1970s ,homosexuals were considered to be mentally deranged people in the usa.Now that the western world has become so brainwashed to the extent that the kardashians,paris hilton and other shallow characters are now considered role models ,we Africans are being labeled as babarians for not follwing suite.I am glad that the rest Africa recognizes the filth which is infecting the world and are doing their best to keep it at bay.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-08-20 20:04

      @dave.nutter.75....When you switch on the Tv in SA these days half of the Tv presenters,Actors are gay.Our kids are now being mentally conditioned through the media to think being gay is cool.They dress gay,talk gay and act gay.Yeh....Gay power.I have no problem with gays as long as they keep their sexualilty out of my Tv screen and behave like normal human beings in public. No need to talk like a girl ,dress like a girl or walk like one (vice versa as per lesbians) to get our attention.I am sick and tired of having to explain to my little ones why the queer dude is dressed like a girl and shaking his coochie in front of us.We have lost our common sense as human beings and if we do not check our ways and control our bad habits we will become extinct.

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-08-20 18:34

    What a boykie- we need you in SA!

  • larry.piggott1 - 2012-08-20 19:00

    Gameh for President of SA

  • bheki.shabangu.10 - 2012-08-20 19:19

    Viva Jammeh!

  • dakey.ras.73 - 2012-08-20 19:48

    Throw a thief in a prison at 18, he's raped, desensitised and leaves prison a murderer. Execute murderers and give at least those that go to prison a fighting chance. Gambia to host the next Africa Cup'o Nations in my book

  • mnmwale - 2012-08-21 01:29

    Listening to Yahya Jammeh speak, one cannot help sensing that he is a mentally sick and very dangerous man who is occupying the highest and most important position in Gambia as its president. This is a seat a person like him must not occupy. Unfortunately he occupif it by force through a coup. And he has managed to keep it by putting his to madness work. Educated people he views as dangerour and goes about to eliminate them. As a result the Gambia is losing the cream of itr citizens. My questian is, what is the African Union doing him?

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