Gambia president halts executions amid international pressure Jaimie Cremeans at 1:25 PM ET
[JURIST] Gambian President Yahya Jammeh [official website] announced Friday that he will implement an indefinite moratorium on executions due to "numerous appeals." The international community was very critical of Jammeh when he executed nine prisoners [JURIST report] last month after vowing to execute all death row inmates by the middle of September, ending a 27-year moratorium on executions in the country. Jammeh said [BBC report] Friday that the moratorium will remain in place as long as violent crime rates decline, but will be lifted of violent crime rates increase. This leaves the fate of 37 prisoners who remain on death row in the country still undetermined.
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