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David Fulton (60) and his wife Fiona (46), British missionaries who were arrested on charges of sedition in late November in Gambia (click here for more), were sentenced on December 30 to one year of hard labour in prison and fined 250,000 Dalasis (approximately $11,500 CAD). They had pleaded guilty to the charges in the hope that they would receive a lighter sentence. Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, however, is known for cracking down on any perceived criticism of him or his government. According to Glenn Penner, VOMC's CEO, "It is not a crime to criticize a government. In the 21st century, this type of repression is ludicrous. The charges brought against the Fultons say more about the government than they do about the couple." The couple has been sent to the notoriously severe Mile Two Prison to carry out their sentences. At last report, their two-year-old adopted daughter was being cared for by friends.

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