The wheels of justice grind slowly, if they move at all. This is true pretty much anywhere you go, but it seems as if one country in West Africa is doing something about it. Gambia, a popular vacation spot, has decided to stop wasting time when it comes to dealing with death row inmates and just get it over with. Gambia has announced it will execute all its 44 death row inmates.
“All those guilty of serious crimes and are condemned will face the full force of the law,” said Gambian president Yahya Jammeh. ”All punishments prescribed by law will be maintained in the country to ensure that criminals get what they deserve: that is, that those who kill are killed … By the middle of next month, all the death sentences would have been carried out to the letter.”
Human rights activists are not pleased, to say the least. Gambia, like a lot of African nations, is basically a dictatorship (Jammeh took power in 1994 after a military coup before being elected president in 1996) and one of the death penalty crimes, treason, is often used to clamp down on dissidents. Hence, there are fears that President Jammeh will use the death penalty to simply legally kill all his enemies. However, he has made this promise previously, most recently in 2009, and it did not happen. Gambia has not executed a prisoner in 30 years.
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