Friday, September 7, 2012

GMC says not party to G6 stance on inmates’ killings

Mai Fatty, GMC leader/Photo: Facebook
“GMC dissociates itself from G6 letter to the authorities,” the headline said.
In a brief statement this week, the Gambia Moral Congress, an opposition party led by lawyer Mai Ahmad Fatty said it does not subscribe to the contents of a letter written to the National Assembly by the Group of Six (G6) opposition parties in connection with the recent killing of nine death row inmates by the Gambia Government.

The party’s leader said there is no sense in writing to the authorities on the executions.

“GMC had expressed its views publicly in the media and during consultations with diplomatic representatives of the international community on both the death penalty and the executions. We do not see the logic of writing to the National Assembly or Yaya Jammeh again on this issue,” Mr. Fatty said. 

Our contention is that the death penalty had legally expired by effluxion of time five years ago, and what happened on the 27th of August 2012 was murder most foul, the party said. 

However, the GMC has no intention just yet to break away from the opposition grouping but did not rule out the possibility.

“We have participated at all G6 sessions, and we intend to continue to do so in the future. We have no intention of withdrawing from G6 unless circumstances require a review of the relevance of our continuing membership in the Group. If such a need emerged, we shall not hesitate to act and make our views public,” it said.

Nonetheless, it said “GMC wishes to make it known crystal clear that as much as we remain part of the G6 and ready to continue to work on common issues, we do not subscribe to the contents of the said letter.” 

“We shall continue to work with Gambians at home and around the world, the international community and the coalition of the willing in legitimately accelerating the end of the brutal regime in Banjul, and subjecting it to international justice,” said Mr. Fatty who is on self-imposed exile fleeing the country shortly after the November 2011 presidential elections.

Source: The Vioce

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