Gambia Affairs: UK Urges Gambia to Halt Executions

Monday, August 27, 2012 | comments

British Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt speaks during a news conference in Algiers June 24, 2012. REUTERS/Louafi Larbi

The British Foreign office minister, Alistair Burt Saturday issued a press release urging the government of The Gambia to withhold all execution exercise it intended to execute.

The UK's Foreign Office statement came on the heels of local and international reports that the Gambian authorities have executed nine inmate, one woman and two Senegalese. The execution romour spread following President Yahya Jammeh's recent remarks to execute all those who committed murder and were sentenced to death by law.

Below is the press release circulated by the British embassy in Banjul: "I am deeply concerned over reports that nine prisoners on death row in The Gambia have been executed following comments by President Jammeh that all death row prisoners would now be executed.The Gambia has not carried out any executions since 1981. I urge the Gambian authorities to halt any further executions.The UK Government opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle."

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