EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA:-President Adama Barrow has pardoned some 57 prisoners, including 16 foreigners, in commemoration of the Muslim feast of Eid Ul-Fitr 2021, the government said Wednesday.
“His Excellency the President of the Republic Mr. Adama Barrow, pursuant to the powers vested in him under Section 82 (1) (a) of the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia, 1997 and the long-standing custom for the President to grant prerogative of mercy on deserving convicted prisoners, granted pardon to fifty-seven (57) prisoners in commemoration of the Muslim feast of Eid ul Fitr 2021 locally known as “Koriteh”,” government spokesperson, Ebrima G. Sankareh said in a statement.
The pardoned prisoners include 41 Gambians, 10 Senegalese, 3 Conakry Guineans, 2 Nigerians, and 1 Indian.
According to the statement, all non-Gambians that have been pardoned will be deported immediately after release.
It could be recalled that in April last year, President Barrow pardoned 115 prisoners from different prisons across the country to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The Gambia will be joining leading Muslim nations around the world to celebrate the Eid Ul-Fitr on Thursday, despite few countries in Africa are observing it today.
Countries like Senegal, Mali, Niger and Ivory Coast have reportedly sighted the moon on Tuesday, thus marking Wednesday the first day of Eid.