Gambian leader pardons 115 prisoners to contain COVID-19

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The Gambian president Adama Barrow has pardoned 115 prisoners from different prisons across the country in a bid to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, a press release signed by the government’s senior information officer Bubacar Sankanu stated on Saturday.

“As part of measures to curb COVID-19 and decongest prisons, His Excellency President Adama Barrow, in exercise of his Prerogative of Mercy, has immediately pardoned some 115 prisoners,” he said in a statement.

According to him, 78 of those inmates are from the Mile 2 Central Prison in Banjul, 24 from Jeshwang prison within the Kanifing Municipality and 13 from Janjangbureh Prison in the Central River Region.

The Gambia has recorded 10 cases of COVID-19, including 8 recovery cases and one death, leaving only one active case in the country.

However, health minister Amadou Samateh has warned on Friday there must be no room for complacency facing the pandemic. Enditem

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