September 2, 2014
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) - Gambia's highest Islamic body has endorsed President Yahya Jammeh's recent decision to execute nine death row inmates.
The executions on Aug. 24 sparked widespread condemnation around the world. But a number of Jammeh's loyalists have voiced their support, including, on Tuesday, the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council.
The Islamic council said that Jammeh had a mandate to order implementation of the death penalty.
Jammeh has remained silent about his decision to carry out the death penalties. But his supporters have made frequent processions to his offices at State House to express their approval.
Although Jammeh said he planned to execute all the prisoners on death row, there has been no word about what will happen to the 38 remaining prisoners who have been sentenced to death.