GAMBIA: NINE DEATH ROW PRISONERS EXECUTED
|Gambian President Yahya Jammeh
August 23, 2012: Gambia executed by firing squad nine death row prisoners, after President Yahya Jammeh vowed to carry out all death sentences by mid-September.
A Gambian security source reported that all 47 death row prisoners had on August 23 night been "transferred to one place".
"The man is determined to execute the prisoners and he will do so," the security source told AFP, referring to President Jammeh.
The president's office said in a statement that the people on death row "have exhausted all their legal rights of appeal as provided by the law".
In a televised address to mark this year's Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr Jammeh said: "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 percent of the population to be held to ransom by criminals."
The nine, including two Senegalese nationals are: Lamin B. Darboe, Alieu Bah, Lamin Jarju, Dawda Bojang, Abubacarr Yarboi, Abdoulie Sonko, Lamin F Jammeh, Gibril Bah (Senegalese), Tabara Samba (Senegalese, female).
Sergeant Alieu Bah, Lt Lamin Jarju and Lamin F. Jammeh were sentenced to death for attacking the Kartong Military Post in 1997 and attempting to overthrow the government of Mr Jammeh.
Abdoulie Sonko, the alleged ring leader of the Farafenni Army Baracks in 1996 was also executed. (Sources: AFP, 25-28/08/2012; CSAG, 24/08/2012)