Nine executed as Gambia cracks down on death row inmates

Six civilians and three members of the military have been executed by firing squad after their appeal processes had been exhausted, Gambia’s interior ministry said on Monday. All of the prisoners were found guilty of murder among other crimes, the statement read, suggesting that more executions are likely to take place. “All sentences as prescribed by law will be carried out to the letter including the death penalty,” it said. Last week, President Yahya Jammeh announced that the country is planning to clear its death row by mid-September to “ensure that criminals get what they deserve.”


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