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GAMBIAN PRESIDENT THREATENS TO BEHEAD GAYS

May 22, 2008: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has threatened to behead gays unless they leave the country, according to reports.
"The Gambia is a country of believers ... sinful and immoral practices [such] as homosexuality will not be tolerated in this country," the president told a crowd at a political rally on May 15, local journalists said.
He went on to say he would "cut off the head" of any gay person caught in Gambia. The anti-gay campaign continued in the Gambian pro-government media this week with the Daily Observer publishing a virulent editorial. "We have said it before and we will say it again. This is a Muslim and Christian country. Both the Koran and the holy Bible condemn homosexuality - pure and simple," the paper wrote.
British gay rights group Outrage today said the Gambian leader's comments came as no surprise. "Jammeh has a long history of homophobia," spokesman Peter Tatchell said. "If he tries to carry out these threats, international aid donors are likely to withdraw their support, and foreign tourists will stay away in droves, thereby damaging the Gambian economy," he added.
The tourism industry is vital to Gambia's economy as the West African nation lacks other natural resources. Jammeh drew condemnation from African AIDS groups after he claimed in January to have found a "miracle" treatment for HIV/AIDS. The method was based on medicinal plants and a Koranic verse. All participants were ordered to give up their antiretroviral drugs. 
(Sources: AFP, 23/05/2008)

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LIBERAL INTERNATIONAL. RESOLUTION FOR WORLDWIDE PROHIBITION OF PERSECUTION AGAINST HOMOSEXUALS
GHANA. JUDGES ENDORSE DEATH PENALTY
IRAN HANGS A MAN FOR MURDER IN FAMILY FEUDS
JAPAN. GANGSTER SENTENCED TO HANG FOR MAYOR'S ASSASSINATION
EGYPT EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY BY TWO YEARS
ETHIOPIA. SUPREME COURT HANDS DEATH SENTENCE TO MENGISTU
ALGERIA SENTENCES 12 TO DEATH
ALGERIA. 24 EXTREMISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR TERRORISM
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DRC. THREE SEPARATISTS SENTENCED TO DEATH
CAMEROON. PRESIDENT BIYA ISSUES PARDON
CHINA CLARIFIES DEFENCE LAWYERS' ROLE IN CAPITAL CASES
MISSISSIPPI (USA). CONVICTED MURDERER EXECUTED
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JAPAN. DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD FOR ROLE IN BURYING 2 ALIVE
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IRAQ. CHURCH OPPOSES DEATH PENALTY FOR ARCHBISHOP'S KILLER
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