(JollofNews) The Gambia government has today confirmed the execution of nine death row inmates by firing squad.
In a statement issued by Ousman Sonko, minister for the Interior, the government said all the executed prisoners, eight men and one woman, were sentenced to death by the Gambian courts of ‘competent jurisdiction’ and had exhausted all their appeals.
The execution of the prisoners came a few days after President Yahya Jammeh in a televised address to the nation threatened to execute all death row inmates by the end of next month to curb crime in the country.
Mr Jammeh said the executions are necessary to curb crimes and terrorism looming as a threat to the country’s stability.
“All punishment prescribed by the law will be maintained in the country to ensure that criminals get what they deserve, that is, those who killed are killed and those who deserve to be put away from the society are put away from the society in accordance with the law,” he said.
“There is no way that my government would allow 99 per cent of the population to be held to ransom by criminals.”
Below we reproduced the full text of the government’s statement signed by Assan Tangara on behalf of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the interior in Banjul said:
Following the convictions and pronouncements of death sentences by the Gambian courts of competent jurisdiction and further to the exhaustion of their appeals, the Ministry of the Interior wishes to inform the general public that the following convicts were executed by firing squad on Sunday 26th August 2012:
Charged with the offence of the brutal and gruesome murder of Ronald Stanley Ford a British national contrary to section 187 of the Criminal Code Cap. 10 Vol. III of the Laws of The Gambia 1990. He was convicted by the Kanifing Magistrate’s Court on 29th August 2007 and sentenced to life. He appealed the life sentence which was dismissed and substituted with death, pursuant to Section 188 of the Criminal Code Cap. 10, Vol. III of the Laws of the Gambia 1990 on 30th July, 2010.
Charged with the offence of the murder of one Buba Jawara by hitting him with a wooden stick on his neck thereby causing his death contrary to Section 187 of the Criminal Code Cap. 10, Vol. III Laws of The Gambia. He was convicted by the Brikama Magistrates Court and sentenced to death on January 30th, 2012. No appeal was filed by the convict.
Ex-Lieutenant Lamin Jarjou
Ex-SGT alias Ex Lt. Alieu Bah
Ex-SGT Lamin F Jammeh
The trio were charged with two counts of treason, two counts of murder of Lance Corporal Kebba Drammeh and Private Bakary Ceesay, 4 counts of unlawful wounding with intent to do grievous harm, two counts of robbery and two counts of abduction contrary to section 35, 187, 212, 273 and 236 respectively of the Criminal Code, Cap. 10, Vol. III of the Laws of the Gambia 1990. They were convicted and sentenced to death by the High Court of The Gambia with three judges sitting on the 27th of October, 1998. Their appeals were dismissed and there was no further appeal.
Charged with the offence of the murder of Ebrima Nyang, her husband, on account of marrying a second wife, poured hot cooking oil on him at Jeshwang thereby causing his death, contrary to Section 187 of the Criminal Code Cap. 10, Vol. III of the Laws of The Gambia 1990. She was convicted on the 26th September, 2007 and sentenced to death. She appealed to the High Court of The Gambia, which appeal was dismissed.
Charged for the gruesome and brutal murder of her biological mother Jainaba Jarjou at Busumbala by hitting her on the head with an iron rod thereby causing her death contrary to Section 187 of the Criminal Code, Cap 10, Vol. III Laws of The Gambia, 1990. He was convicted and sentenced to death by the High Court on November 3, 2010. He did not appeal against his sentence and conviction.
Lamin BS Darboe
He was charged with the offence of the brutal murder of Muhammed Ould Faal, a Mauritanian national, by hitting him with a blunt object on the head on the 2nd April 1985 at Sinchu Alagie in the Kombo North (district), contrary to Section 187 of the Criminal Code Cap. 10 Col. III of the Laws of the Gambia 1990. Pursuant to Section 188 of the Criminal Code Cap. 10, Vol. III, he was convicted and sentenced to death on the 3rd December, 1986. He appealed against the conviction and sentenced on 13th of June 1988 and the said appeal was dismissed.
He was charged with the murder of one Njuga Samba by causing him a deep stab wound on the left ear side of the head on the 18th December 1997 at Mariama Kunda village in the Kombo North District, Western Region. Judgment was delivered on the 30th day of January 2004 in which the accused was sentenced to death. He appealed the conviction, which was dismissed.
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.
That all acts of violence, criminal activities and indiscipline resulting to murder, treason, arson, trafficking in drugs and humans and the likes of such offences attracting death sentences shall not be tolerated. Therefore, all sentences as prescribed by law will be carried out to the letter including the death penalty.
The general public is further called to respect the fundamental human right of all citizens and residents in the Republic of The Gambia.
The Republic of The Gambia is a sovereign state which, like other sovereign states currently implementing the death penalty, has the right to implement its domestic laws as stipulated in her constitution.