UK Missionaries Sentenced To A Year’s Hard Labor Over Emails

December 30, 2008

UK (ChattahBox) – A British couple who have been working as missionaries in Gambia have been sentenced to a year in a Gambian prison, working hard labor, for criticizing the current government.

The accusations come from a series of emails that were sent to friends and relatives in ’round robins’, and made comments that the West African officials said were offensive to the their president, Yayha Jammeh. The couple plead guilty to the charges, after being told that doing so would reduce the punishment, but were sentenced to a year’s brutal labor in a local prison camp, stunning David and Fiona Fulton.

The details of the emails have not been released, however the Fultons claim that all the emails contained requests for prayers for a local person who have been suffering under an unfair government and justice system.

A spokesman for the British Foreign Office released an official statement, saying, “Mr and Mrs Fulton have not raised any concerns over their welfare with us. Consular staff in the Gambia will continue to visit Mr and Mrs Fulton whilst they are being detained.

“If Mr or Mrs Fulton raise concerns over their treatment we can take these up with the relevant authorities. It is a decision for the Fultons with their legal representative as to whether they appeal this judgement or not.”


Comments

One Response to “UK Missionaries Sentenced To A Year’s Hard Labor Over Emails”

  1. Christine Carter on December 30th, 2008 3:16 pm

    I hope that they are nothing like the type of American missionary I used to see in Uganda when I worked there…. But even those were guilty mainly of naivety.
    Do we give aid to Gambia? What about the tourist market? It seems our pounds and dollars are welcome, words less so. So how about we go in and pay hard cash to release this couple (which is possibly the point of the whole thing) and then cut their aid by at least 10 x the amount. Just a thought…

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