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Gambia: Further information on death penalty

, Index number: AFR 27/002/1997

Souleyman Sarr, Mballo Kanteh, Essa Baldeh and Omar Dampha: On 25 June 1997 the above-named men were sentenced to death after being found guilty of treason for trying to overthrow the government. In July, the prisoners appealed against their conviction and on 2 October, the court of appeal quashed the convictions and sentences. The ruling suggested that a new trial should start and that the killing of soldiers should be qualified as murder. Although the immediate threat of execution is banned, there is still a risk that the four men may be sentenced to death.

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