News of secret executions of at least nine of the Gambia’s death row inmates has been confirmed. Two of those executed last night – Tabara Samba and Gibril Bah – were Senegalese citizens, and that more persons face the threats of being executed today and in the coming days.
The rest of those executed were Lamin Darboe, a prison inmate; Lamin Jarju and Lamin F. Jammeh, former Army Lieutenants; Alieu Bah, former Army Officer and civilians Abdoulie Sonko, Buba Yabo and Dawda Bojang. Three of those executed have been sentenced for treason, a capital offence in Yahya Jammeh’s Gambia.
It has been confirmed through impeccable sources that a woman was among those executed. They were removed from their cells and executed in military spraying style, our source confirmed.
“These death row inmates were removed from their cells at exactly 9:30 pm for execution,” confirmed our sources at Mile II Central Prisons in the outskirt of the capital Banjul.
A total of 47 people, including two women, are currently on the Gambia’s death row waiting for Jammeh’s execution by firing squad.
The news of death row execution was announced by President Yahya Jammeh on Sunday. Mr. Jammeh, who swore that come rain or thunder he would go ahead with his planned executions, said they would serve as deterrent to would-be criminals. He said by mid-September, all death row inmates would have been executed.
His announcement was greeted with swift condemnation from rights groups and world leaders, including the presidents of France and Nigeria.
Amnesty International opposes the death penalty in all cases as a violation of the right to life and the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment. Its Deputy Director for Africa, Paule Rigaud said, “The decision of the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to execute nine prisoners after more than a quarter of a century without execution would be a giant leap backwards.”
“If confirmed the reported executions are a hugely retrograde step – they would bring the Gambia back into the minority of countries which are still executing, and we are urging the authorities to immediately halt any further possible executions. President Jammeh should establish an immediate moratorium on the death penalty, in line with resolutions of the UN General Assembly and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights,” said Rigaud.