BANJUL, Gambia (AP) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has halted the executions of prisoners on death row, at least for now.
Jammeh issued a statement Saturday saying that he suspended the imminent executions of 37 inmates sentenced to death, as long as violent crime does not rise in Gambia.
The Gambian leader said he was acting in response to numerous appeals following the execution last month of nine prisoners.
The executions by firing squad prompted many condemnations including from the European Union, the United Nations and Amnesty International.
Jammeh said the moratorium on the executions will be indefinite if violent crime decreases, but he warned that executions will be reinstated if violent crime increases.