Gambia says nine prisoners executed by firing squad
[Daily Nation (Kenya)] Gambia's
... The Gambia is actually surrounded by Senegal on all sides but its west coast. It has a population of about 1.7 million. The difference between the two is that in colonial days Senegal was ruled by La Belle France and The Gambia (so-called because there's only one of it, unlike Guinea, of which there is the Republic of Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, New Guinea, and the English coin in circulation between 1663 and 1813) was ruled by Britannia...
interior ministry said Monday nine death row prisoners had been executed by firing squad, after President Yahya Jammeh vowed to carry out all death sentences by mid-September.
In a statement the ministry named nine people, including one woman, who were "executed by firing squad on Sunday 26th August 2012" after they were sentenced to death and all their appeals had been exhausted.
"The general public is hereby warned that the rule of law as regards the peace and stability and the protection of lives, property and liberty will not be compromised for whatever reason," read the statement.
Amnesia Amnesty International reported the execution of the nine prisoners on Saturday, a day before the government said it took place and just days after an African Union
...a union consisting of 53 African states, most run by dictators of one flavor or another. The only all-African state not in the AU is Morocco. Established in 2002, the AU is the successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was even less successful...
envoy urged Jammeh to renounce his plans to execute all 47 death row prisoners.
In a televised address to mark this year's Moslem feast of Eid al-Fitr on Sunday Jammeh said: "By the middle of next month, all the death sentences will have been carried out to the letter.
"There is no way my government will allow 99 per cent of the population to be held to ransom by criminals."
One of the men executed, Dawda Bojang, had been convicted for murdering British tourist Ronald Stanley Ford in 2002.
Two of the prisoners were Senegalese,
... a nation of about 14 million on the west coast of Africa bordering Mauretania to the north, Mali to the east, and a pair of Guineas to the south, one of them Bissau. It is 90 percent Mohammedan and has more than 80 political parties. Its primary purpose seems to be absorbing refugees...
one of them a woman, Tabara Samba, convicted in 2007 of murdering her husband by pouring hot cooking oil over him after he took a second wife.
Three of the dead were soldiers who were convicted in 1998 of treason and murdering two fellow soldiers.
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