The President of The Gambia has said that he will “cut off the heads” of homosexuals in his country.
Panapress reports that President Yahya Jammeh made the threat while addressing farmers on Sunday.
Describing The Gambia, which is overwhelmingly Muslim, as a nation of believers, Jammeh promised to introduce new laws against homosexuality that would be “stricter than those in Iran.”
Jammeh has previously publicly attacked homosexuality as unnatural and supports Islamic Sharia law which imposes harsh penalties on gays and lesbians, including execution.
“What Allah says in the Qur’an is very clear, which is man can marry woman, but not woman to a woman or man to man. Lesbianism will not be accepted in The Gambia, so their idea of democracy is unacceptable, unislamic and ungodly,” he said late last year about the growing acceptance of same-sex marriage in the West.
Controversially, in January 2007, Jammeh claimed to be able cure HIV/AIDS as well as asthma with natural herbs. He continues to promote the treatment despite widespread criticism from scientists and medical experts.
Homosexuality is illegal in The Gambia and can be punished with up to fourteen years of imprisonment.