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Gambian President Suspends Executions

Posted September 15th, 2012 at 7:40 am (UTC-5)
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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has announced he is suspending executions for prisoners on death row, after being criticized for allegedly executing nine convicts last month. Mr. Jammeh announced Saturday that he is responding to numerous appeals asking for a halt to the policy. He said the moratorium will be indefinite if the violent crime rate […]

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Pressure Mounts on Gambia to Stop Executions

Posted August 29th, 2012 at 9:10 am (UTC-5)
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Gambia is coming under more pressure to halt all executions, as fears rise the government could kill dozens of prisoners in coming weeks. Rights group Amnesty International says Gambian President Yahya Jammeh must retract a threat to execute all death row inmates in his country, and place an immediate moratorium on further executions. Late Tuesday, […]

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UN Urges No More Executions in Gambia

Posted August 28th, 2012 at 11:25 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations is calling on Gambia to spare all additional prisoners on death row, after authorities in the West African country executed nine people. The U.N. special envoy on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns, strongly condemned Gambia’s action in a statement Tuesday and called for “a halt to further executions.” Heyns said […]

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Gambia Confirms 9 Death Row Executions

Posted August 27th, 2012 at 7:20 pm (UTC-5)
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Gambian officials Monday said nine death row prisoners have been executed by firing squad, after President Yahya Jammeh said all death sentences would be carried out by mid-September. The interior ministry issued a statement saying nine people, including one woman, were executed on Sunday. The statement also warns the general public that criminal activities which […]

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Conflicting Accounts of Gambian ‘Executions’

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 1:50 pm (UTC-5)
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There are now conflicting accounts whether authorities in The Gambia have executed nine prisoners, as reported by Amnesty International. Amnesty said Friday that according to “reliable sources,” nine death-row inmates were taken from their cells the night before and executed. A group called the Civil Society Associations of Gambia says on its website that it […]

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More Executions in Gambia Expected

Posted August 25th, 2012 at 10:05 am (UTC-5)
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Amnesty International says more executions could take place in Gambia in the coming days, after nine condemned prisoners apparently were put to death late Thursday – the first executions in the tiny West African nation in more than a quarter-century. Authorities in The Gambia have refused to comment on Amnesty International’s report that eight men […]

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Amnesty International Says 9 Executed in Gambia

Posted August 24th, 2012 at 2:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Rights group Amnesty International says nine people have been executed in Gambia, several days after the country’s president said all death row prisoners would be killed. In a statement Friday, Amnesty said that according to “reliable sources,” nine people — including a woman — were removed from their prison cells Thursday night and executed. There […]

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Mali Gov’t Condemns Islamist Executions in North

Posted July 31st, 2012 at 8:10 am (UTC-5)
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Mali’s interim government has condemned the stoning death of two people by Islamist militants who control the country’s north. In a statement Tuesday, the government said it learned of the killings with “indignation and astonishment” and denounced what it called the dark-age practice of stoning. It promised that the killings “will not go unpunished.” The […]

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Islamist Group Executes Two in Northern Mali

Posted July 30th, 2012 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Islamist militants in northern Mali say they have executed a man and a woman for alleged adultery. Sanda ould Bouamama, a spokesman for militant group Ansar Dine, told VOA the group carried out the executions Sunday in Aguelhok, a small town in Mali’s Kidal region. Bouamama said the man and woman received, in his words, […]

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Al-Shabab Executes 3 for Western Spying

Posted July 23rd, 2012 at 8:05 am (UTC-5)
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Somali militant group al-Shabab has executed three of its own members for alleged spying on behalf of U.S. and British intelligence agencies. A pro-al-Shabab website says the three men were executed Sunday in the town of Merka. An al-Shabab judge said one man had admitted to working for British spy agency MI6 and handing over […]

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