Gambian Leader on Gays: “If I Can Catch Them, I Will Kill Them”
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama pose for a photo during a reception at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with H.E. Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, President of the Republic of The Gambia. (Wikimedia)
The president of Gambia has threatened to kill any citizen of his country who cites persecution of LGBT people in seeking asylum abroad.
“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,” President Yahya Jammeh said in a speech in the city of Basse last week, according to African news service APA.
In February Jammeh said, “Gays are vermin.”