Skip to comments.British missionaries in Gambia jailed for one year with hard labour for sedition
Posted on 12/30/2008 12:05:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
A British couple working as Christian missionaries in Gambia have been jailed for one year with hard labour for sending emails that were critical of the Muslim state.
David Fulton, 60, a former Army major, and his wife, Fiona, 46, pleaded guilty to making seditious comments "with intent to bring hatred or contempt against the president or the government".
Their sentence, in a country which has one of west Africa's worst human rights records, sparked concern after reports that other prisoners on similar charges have been poisoned while in jail.
The couple, originally from Torquay in Devon, have spent 12 years in Gambia. They were arrested on 29 November at their home at Kerr Sering, an hour's drive from the capital through tropical bush, and accused of spreading "hatred against the government" via a series of round-robin emails believed to relate to their missionary work.
Friends said that they were not given details of what exactly they were accused of until appearing in court.
They were sentenced in the capital, Banjul, and will be held at one of Africa's toughest jails, the former colonial penal institute of Mile Two Prison. They were also fined 250,000 Dalasis (£6,500).
According to Pastor Martin Speed, of Westhoughton Pentecostal Church in Bolton, who has been campaigning for the Fultons' release, the couple were advised to admit the sedition charge in the hope that the judge might show leniency.
The Fultons met two decades ago in England. He had found God while serving a sentence for armed robbery and she was a prison visitor. They have two children, Iona, 20, and Luke, 17, who are studying in Exeter, Devon.
Mr Fulton was a chaplain in the Gambian army and at the national airport and had begun ministering to spiritual needs at the immigration posts that
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Fancy that, who coulda thunk it?
If the British Military had any sets of testacles left, the British Navy and airforce should pound every last settlement in Gambia into dust until they release these two Christians.
We are at war with Islam - plain and simple.
Either we win and continue the progress of western civilization, ot they win and we die, or wind up bowing to Mecca every day.
Its as simple as that.
“...sparked concern after reports that other prisoners on similar charges have been poisoned while in jail.”
Well at least they don’t put panties on prisoners heads in Gambia’s jails or else the world press would REALLY be mad at them and their leaders.
Coming soon to your town USA.
Note the portrait of Che behind him (he's in Cuba in this pic).
Jimmy Carter and Jammeh Yahya. What a pair.
The oppressed people of these barbaric states need two things: Christian missionaries and **lots** of guns.
Gambia is 90% Muslim and 9% Christian. Most of these people are truly animists with smatterings of Islamic or Christian beliefs on top
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