Gambia vows to execute all death row inmates by September, sparking outcry
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh says all 44 people on death row will be executed by mid-September.
August 23rd, 2012
03:23 AM ET

Gambia vows to execute all death row inmates by September, sparking outcry

Gambia plans to execute all death row prisoners by September, the president said this week, sparking condemnation from human rights groups worldwide.

The tiny West African nation last executed an inmate about 30 years ago.

It is unclear what prompted the change in stance.
By the end of last year, Gambia had 44 people on death row, including two women, according to human rights activists.

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  1. Greg

    Swift justice would be inhumane. Instead, do it as we do in America: Drag the appeals on for years and years at extraordinary expense so that twenty or thirty years later nobody remembers the underlying offense, and then you can argue that a life sentence is cheaper so the death penalty should be abolished. A slight consequence is that since you have no effective deterrent your capital offense rates will go up, but suffering increased murders is a small price to pay to be more humane.

    August 23, 2012 at 5:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    They are on death row. The vow was made long ago. Should read 'Gambia renews vows'.
    China's laws allow for anyone caught committing fraud to be executed. China's legal system executes about 1,200 fraudsters and other criminals each year. Those "poor poor" chinese?

    August 23, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    I wonder what they were given the death sentence for, and if it was a result of [what I believe to be] laws that violate human rights in the first place?
    I wonder why the sudden rush to kill them ALL when there hasn't been an execution in 30 years?
    Hmmmm.
    Not a lot of info.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Ok.
      Gambia had abolished the DP; Jammeh reinstated it in 1995, although no one has been executed since then...
      To paraphrase him, he said that he has to execute them because people keep committing heinous crimes, including banditry and h o m o s e x u a l i t y.
      This was decided after meeting with some Muslim elders, whatever that means.

      In other words, he's cleaning house.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Israeli Executions

    The modern history of Israel reveals some interesting info concerning capital punishment in Israel.
    Israel's laws call for the execution of convicted adulterers, idolaters, descecraters of the sabbath, and war criminals. (among others) However, modern-day Israel has executed only 2 people:
    Adolph Eichmann in 1962. A convicted war criminal.
    Meir Yobianski in 1948, an Israeli soldier falsely accused and executed.
    Other convicted nazi war criminals, like the infamous John Demjanjuk, had their convictions overturned by savvy Jewish defense attorneys.
    point: Israel's written laws call for the death penalty. Jews do not practice these laws, nor the written law codes of their founding father, God.
    Question: Do wish our laws to become as watered-down in practice as those of Israel?

    August 23, 2012 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Israeli Executions

    *Tobianski, rather. (not Y obianksi. typo) I've actually experienced people who have googled typos and then told me I was full of sh/t.
    Israel's written history includes accounts of Israel's leaders executing thousands of criminals who violated God's written law code adopted by the people of Israel.
    What changed Israel? Israel's laws remain the same, but are now either ignored or argued to the point where even convicted war criminals have their convictions overturned my Israels courts.
    How did an entire nation become so ignorant of their own laws?

    August 23, 2012 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Daily AIDS

    How many Gambians have been executed by AIDS?

    August 23, 2012 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. Israeli Supreme Court

    Who are these men who currently judge Israel? How is it that these men see issues, like the death penaly issue, exactly backwards of judges who previously resided over Israel?
    How in the heck did Israel's entire Supreme Court flip-flop? And whose side is Israel on now? Obviously, not the side of their own law.

    August 23, 2012 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    To answer how it is that Israel's entire Supreme Court flip-flopped on Israeli law, let's examine Israel's new supreme court building built in 1992.
    A German family, the Rothchild family, donated the land and financed the construction under negotiated conditions that the family alone would design the entire complex, and the actual cost would never be revealed by the government of Israel. (cont)

    August 23, 2012 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  9. Karl

    Isnt Gambia the capital of Alabama?

    August 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Philip (cont)

    Look closely at that complex and one can see Masonic and Illuminati symbols physically embodied in the building archtecture.
    Go inside, and the walls are covered with masonic symbolisms and various spiritistic images. The chambers where judges deliberate are complete with a giant wooden cross that judges "trample on" physically as they walk in circles, thinking.
    Obvious to me is the fact that God's chosen people are not the judges on Israels Supreme Court anymore than Joseph Caiaphus was one of God's chosen on the Jewish High Court that convicted Jesus on false charges.
    Today, the Rothchild family dynasty runs their banking and finance operations out of The Basil Tower Bank building in Basil, Switzerland if you care to view this monstrousity. Locals call it "The tower of Basil", a take on the biblical Tower of Babel built in ancient Babylon, a nation that invaded and conquered Israel not unlike the Rothchild's who did the same, financially.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Looking forward to @saywhats thoughts on Germans coming to own Israel, and also looking forward to regular trolls nipping at my heels.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • LDS Lady

      Hi Good Philip. What are your opinions on our Church of LDS? Some of us do respect your opinions and are interested. Hope you and everyone are having a good day.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. Daily AIDS

    According to the CIA World Factbook, Gambia's (pop 1,797,860) AIDS/hiv infection rate is about the same as rates among heterose xual US citizens. (a little less than 2% of hetero Americans are known to be hiv positive)
    GOOD NEWS! There is a 98% chance that you won't get AIDS from a heteros exual. And as almost everyone agrees, the other 2% are covered by remarkable advancements made in anti-AIDS condoms.
    Two new condoms have been developed to make se x safer since AIDS was discovered decades ago. One tickles viruses to death, and the other rubs viruses dead with ribs.

    August 23, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • LDS Lady

      ooooo that's the kind Elder Johnson uses.

      August 23, 2012 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    @LDS Lady. I asked first. 🙂 But I will give you my short answer, and would kindly ask you to post your thoughts on the above. (rothchilds or aids, or both)
    When i was a younger man just recently becoming a drilling consultant after many years travelling the world drilling for oil and Ng, my very first contract was with an LDS owned and operated drilling corporation. They were without a doubt among the nicest and most-honest people I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. (this was in Jeffrey City, Wyo. circa 1986)
    I studied the bible and the Book of Mormon with a group of men for about 6 months, and still had many unanswered questions. I wanted answers before going to the Temple in Salt Lake. I didn't get any. So I didn't go. 🙂 nice to meet you...name?

    August 23, 2012 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • LDS Lady

      Thanks our friend – you really are too nice. We always enjoy reading your post. I think I agree with you on Israel. They really don't seem to act like "GOD's chosen people" imho. They appear to think there is a way the Jewish people should be treated, then there is another way the rest of us should be treated. Many of us probably do that also, though. Oh well. We hope you have a wonderful day.

      August 23, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    LOL. Every single laborer (roughneck) on that drilling rig was an illegal immigrant worker. Yet, back then, I still viewed the practice of hiring cheap illegal labor w/no future or insurance for the worker as 'honest'. Every single Mexican citizen on that rig except one claimed to be Mormon. he he.
    Anyway, my own family and friends hired illegal workers to herd our sheep and work our fields in Western Colorado back then. We literally could bot find either white or black US citizens willing to do that kind of work. Our lead sheepherder, Alfredo, was paid 1,800 per month and lived rent free with his wife and 3 kids on our property. (1974-1982) Alfredo came to own a 10,000 acre horse ranch in Mexico, financed by US dollars being so much bigger than Mexicos back then. In America, he worked on a 500 acre sheep farm. LMAO.

    August 23, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Alfredo was also a "coyote". He got a piece if the action off of every sheepherder and fruitpicker he helped smuggle accross or under the border. There's no telling how much cash Alfredo stashed away during those years. Enough to buy a 10,000 acre horse ranch anyway.
    Alfredo came to America for his home, Mexico. He came here to secure his families future back in Mexico. NOT like todays immigrants who stay and just wire money back home.
    And NOT like the Germans who invaded Israel and stayed, just wiring money back to their home office bank in Switzerland. (see above, and see how my stories interlace. :))

    August 23, 2012 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
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