Persecution of Homosexuals (Gambia)

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President threatens to behead gays, and to sack gay and lesbian soldiers in Gambia, describing homosexuality as "evil and ungodly"

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh says he will sack gay and lesbian army officers serving the country’s military. The Presiden who was addressing the newly promoted army chiefs, said lesbianism is a “ taboo” in the army, and therefore warned soldiers to desist from such practices, which he describes as “evil” and ungodly. “We will not encourage lesbianism and homosexuality in the military. It is a taboo in our armed forces. I will sack any soldier suspected of being a gay, or lesbian in The Gambia. We need no gays in our armed forces,” Jammeh said.

The Gambian leader, who recently threatens to behead gays in the West African country, said soldiers whose sexual orientation is gay should contemplate leaving the army, as his Government have zero tolerance for gays. The President advised the army chiefs to monitor the activities of their men, and deal with soldiers bent on practicing lesbianism in the military.
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The Gambia is predominantly a Muslim country, with Muslims accounting for 90 percent of the population. Islam shunned lesbianism in all its form. The President wants the newly hired army chiefs to weed out suspected gays in the army. Although, there is no evidence of lesbianism being practiced in the country’s military. The President said he wants a Professional army free of gays, and saboteurs. Mr. Jammeh also spoke about the need to discourage tribalism in the military.
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Jammeh has in the recent past threatened to kill gays in the country. Some European tourists were rounded up by the police and charged with luring Gambian beach boys-known here as “BUMSTERS” into gay activities.
Jammeh Threatens To Sack Gay And Lesbian Soldiers In Gambia
M Faye, and Ebrima Jallow, Freedom Newspaper, December 07, 2009

Eighteen homosexuals (16 Gambians, one Nigerian and one Senegalese national) charged with "indecent practice" among themselves in a public place, refused bail

Eighteen alleged homosexuals [16 Gambians, one Nigerian and one Senegalese national], were Tuesday, April 10, 2012, arraigned before the Kanifing Magistrates' Court, charged with indecent practice among themselves, contrary to the Laws of The Gambia.

The accused persons, Alieu Sarr, Kebba Ceesay, Abdoulie Bojang, Amadou Jallow, Ogika Amenechi, Amadou Nyang, Ousman Gomez, Sainey Fatty, Lamin Konateh, Lamin Sarr, Buba Banda, Ebrima Jallow, Lamin Saho, Abdoulie Cham, Ousman Dibba, Lamin Jaiteh, Abdoulie Saidy, Muhammed Manneh, appeared before Principal Magistrate Sheriff Tabally.

According to the particulars of offence, the accused persons mentioned above on the 5th April 2012 at Serrekunda and in diverse places, were engaged in an indecent practice among themselves at a public place, thereby committed an offence. They all pleaded not guilty to the offence.

The prosecutor, Cadet Inspector Kanteh objected to the bail of the accused persons on the grounds that the matter is still under investigation and some of the accused persons are at large. He therefore applied for an adjournment to call his witnesses.

The presiding Magistrate ordered for the accused persons to be remanded at Mile Two. The case was adjourned to the 19th April 2012.
Gambia: 18 'Homosexuals' Charged, Arraigned
Modou Gomez, The Daily Observer, April 11, 2012