Gambia suspends executions of death row inmates

Prisoner Appeal on Death Roworiginally by: DW News
published: 15 September 2012

Gambia has placed a moratorium on the execution of death row inmates. President Yahya Jammeh sparked international outrage when he vowed to execute all 47 death row prisoners by mid-September. President Yahya Jammeh succumbed to regional and domestic pressure on Saturday, announcing that he had suspended the pending executions of the remaining 38 inmates on death row.

“It is hereby made clear that it is only a moratorium on executions and what happens next will be dictated by either a declining violent crime rate in which case the moratorium will be indefinite, or an increase in the violent crime rate, in which case the moratorium will be lifted automatically,” the president’s office said in a release.

Jammeh announced on August 19 that his government planned to execute all the prisoners on death row by the middle of September. Nine of the original 47 inmates on death row were shot dead by firing squad on August 28. All nine had been convicted on murder charges.

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