Gambian president threatens Gambian gay asylum-seekers

Published: May 9, 2014

Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has warned asylum-seekers not to use his government’s position on gays and lesbians to tarnish his image as they attempt to resettle in the West as refugees, APA can report Thursday. Speaking in Basse in the Upper River region of the country, President Jammeh said those among his compatriots leaving the country to tarnish his image abroad are doing so at his own detriment.

 “Some people go to the west and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe. If I catch them I will kill them,” the Gambian leader warned.

 According to him, the British authorities have realized the untruthfulness of those claims which people used as a strategy to stay in Britain.

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