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Gambia: Application of Anti-Terrorism Law Expanded

(May 2, 2008) It was reported that The Gambia's National Assembly recently ratified an Anti-terrorism bill that expands the scope of application of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002. According to The Gambia's Attorney General and Secretary of State for Justice, Marie Saine Firdaus, although the 2002 Act made it an offence for a person to recruit in The Gambia, any person in to the Armed Forces of a Foreign State, it fell short of establishing that such type of recruitment results in the commission of a crime by both the recruiter and the recruited.

The new law expands “the scope of application of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2002 to include all persons involved in the illegal act of recruiting or being recruited in an armed force of a foreign state or otherwise. It also stipulates the category of persons who come under the purview of “recruited persons” who can be guilty of the offence created.” (Gambia: Govt Ratifies Anti-Terrorism Bill, The Daily Observer (BANJUL), Apr. 4, 2008, available at