Gambian President Adama Barrow has pardoned seven prisoners who are serving jaul terms. The pardon absolves the prisoners of guilt for their convicted crime.
“The general public is hereby informed that His Excellency Mr. Adama Barrow, President of The Republic of The Gambia acting under Section 82 of the 1997 Constitution of The Republic of The Gambia, and on the advert of the holy feast of Eidul Adha (Tobaski), exercised his powers of prerogative of mercy and granted pardon to the following convicted prisoners,” a statement issued by the Attorney Chambers and Ministry of Justice reads.
The beneficiaries of President Barrow’s pardon – four Gambians, two Senegalese and one Norwegian – are as follows:
1. Sulaiman Bah, Registration No. 102/17, Gambian
2. Alieu Njie, Registration No. 200/17, Senegalese
3. Fallou Ceesay, Registration No. 265/14, Senegalese
4. Gibbrill Fall, Registration No. 233/15, Gambian
5. Matarr Touray, Rdgistration No. 35/156, Gambian
6. Matarr Sowe, Registration No. 06/18, Gambian
7. Svein Agesandakar, Registration No. 408/12, Norwegian
The Gambia, the West African nation that is trying to right the erongs of more than two-decade long dictatorship, has embarked on an ambitious Security Sector Reform. Prison reform, which will decongest Gambian prisons,cconstitutes a major component of government’s plan.