JAMMEH GRANTS AMNESTY TO LANG TOMBONG TAMBA, LAI JOOF, ENSA BADJIE, AND CO; JAMMEH ALSO EXTENDS AMNESTY TO HIS CRITICS OVERSEAS!
The Leader of the Ruling APRC Party and Gambian Head of State Yahya Jammeh has extended amnesty to Gambia’s death row inmates and other high profile political prisoners, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. He also announced to grant amnesty to political asylees, who have been critical of his regime. Mr. Jammeh made the gesture during a speech marking his regime’s 21 years in office. Jammeh told his followers that all convicted death row inmates should be released before Friday, with the exception of few. The news of Jammeh’s benevolent gesture extended to prisoners has been widely welcomed within and outside the country.
This followed a passionate appeal made by the Freedom Radio Gambia anchorman Pa Nderry last night during his show, who called on Jammeh to use his office to free the prisoners. Mr. MBai called on Jammeh to free all political prisoners including Lang Tombong Tamba, Lai Joof, Ensa Badjie, Modou Gaye, the families and parents of the December 30, attackers and co. Mr. M’Bai noted that such a move would help reunite the divided country. He said Jammeh should use the prerogative of mercy bestowed on him by the constitution to free the prisoners.
A Freedom Newspaper source on the ground wrote: “Just two words for the time being: A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU MR. PRESIDENT YAHYA JAMMEH. THANK YOU, THANK YOU , THANK YOU. Thank you also to Pa Nderri for your appeal on the Freedom radio yesterday for Jammeh to pardon all prisoners. Thank you.”
Freedom Newspaper’s Seedy Ceesay said he welcomed the gesture. He indicated that he is flying out to The Gambia next month to respond to Jammeh’s amnesty invitation.
In a televised speech, Jammeh said he is ready to turn a new page by pardoning the prisoners and his critics in America, England, and Europe. He complained that some of his critics have been lying against him over the years on the Internet, but he has decided to pardon such critics. Jammeh said all pardoned prisoners have been pardoned henceforth. He also said all exiles are free to come home and contribute their quota to nation building. For more on the story stay tuned.