Friday, August 31, 2012

Blog 1: Gambia executes first inmates in 30 years (kimberly ingram 8/31/12 3:38pm)

In an effort to clear out death row inmates, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced, in an address Sunday afternoon, that prisons will recommence with the executions of prisoners on death row.  Also stated in his address was that he wanted the act to be completed by mid- September, of 2012.  This same threat had been made in 2009, however, had not actually taken place.  The last execution this nation witnessed had taken place more than 30 years ago.  So far, 9 out of 42 prisoners sentenced to death were taken from their cells and executed late Thursday night.  Of those executed, included a woman.  Human rights activist of Gambia see the executions of these individuals as a “step-back” for their country.  The president believes that the executions should be taken place for those who commit the crimes to “get what they deserve:  that is those who kill, will be killed”.

Citizens of Gambia can be sentenced to death for a variety of crimes from treason to murder.  And of those killed 3 were sentenced to death for treason.  In some instances, prisoners receive the death penalty for possession of such drugs as cocaine and heroin.  The article expresses act of prisoners’ human rights being taken away for their crimes by way of death.  In my opinion, the Gambian president is just trying to make citizens appreciate the law more by making sure they follow it.  If a prisoner is sentenced to a certain punishment they should expect it to happen.  The citizens are likely to take their actions a little more seriously when they know they could be subject to capital punishment.

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