Gambia: Jammeh issues threat to asylum seekers
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.
â€œSome 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 themâ€� 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.
He said, the British have decided to conduct a test on travelers claiming to come from The Gambia and information to confirm their sexual orientation.
Describing them as vermins, President Jammeh has been on record as threatening gays and lesbians with stiff punishment if they were caught committing acts of homosexuality.