Thursday 14 November 2019

Gambia's president orders all death row inmates killed

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia declared that 47 inmates on death row would all be shot.
President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia declared that 47 inmates on death row would all be shot.

An eccentric African despot, who claims to have discovered a cure for Aids, has fixed a deadline of today for the execution of every last prisoner on death row, writes David Blair.

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia chose to mark the Muslim celebration of Eid by announcing that 47 inmates on death row would all be shot.

The festival following the holy month of Ramadan is supposed to be marked by gestures of mercy, but Mr Jammeh, who insists on the title "His Excellency Sheikh Professor Doctor President", has opted to invert the tradition.

On August 19, eight men and one woman were led from their cells and executed. Mr Jammeh fixed a deadline of today for the remaining 38 prisoners on death row to suffer the same punishment.

Lamin Jobarteh, the Gambian justice minister, has insisted that all executions will be carried out regardless of international pressure. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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