|President Jammeh had earlier pledged to have all death row inmates executed by mid-September, before a moratorium was announced. Photo | BBC ||
One of other events in 2012 witnessed the execution of “convicted murderers” based on the provisions of the Constitution and Laws of the Land, Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh said of the August Execution of nine death-row inmates.
In a New Year’s Eve televised address to Gambians he said: “Such necessary actions despite being constitutional were misconstrued outside The Gambia and hypocritically blown out of proportion unnecessarily.”
“In fostering peace and stability in The Gambia, my Government will never compromise with criminals whose main intention is to stall our progress.
“When we carried out those executions, we acted within the confines of our national laws, and in accordance with our commitment to the rule of law.”
Gambians heard that his Government “will always maintain zero tolerance for violence, anarchy, murder, rape, drugs, corruption and sadistic criminal disguised in any religion to slaughter innocent people under the name of any cult.”
“I call it cult because none of the main religions Allah’s prophets enjoined any act of violence and mass murder in pursuit of establishing or expanding such a religion,” he argued.
The Gambia Government came under intense criticism internationally especially from human rights groups after President Jammeh ordered for the killing by firing squad of the nine prisoners in August 2012.
Written by Modou S. Joof