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UK Foreign Office Minister urges Gambia to halt executions

By United Kingdom - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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LONDON, United-Kingdom, August 27, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Commenting on reports that Gambia has executed nine prisoners on death row, Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt said:

“I am deeply concerned over reports that nine prisoners on death row in The Gambia have been executed following comments by President Jammeh that all death row prisoners would now be executed.

"The Gambia has not carried out any executions since 1981. I urge the Gambian authorities to halt any further executions.

"The UK Government opposes all use of the death penalty as a matter of principle.”