Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who is also a presidential candidate for the Alliance for Patriotic Re-orientation and Construction (APRC) attends a rally in Banjul, Gambia November 29, 2016. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon
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When 52 West African migrants sneaked into Gambia from Senegal on July 21, 2005, they expected to meet a boat to ferry them to Spain, but instead they were arrested and put to death on the orders of then-head of state, Yahya Jammeh.The bodies of at least 40 others were dumped down a well in neighboring Senegal.Jammeh, who made headlines as president for such quirks as claiming to have a herbal cure for AIDS and vowing to rule for a billion years, could not be reached for comment.In a separate incident, six men accused of an attempted coup in March 2006 were shot and thrown down the same well as the migrants, two police sources said.In total, at least 60 people – including the 40-odd migrants – were killed and dumped in two different wells during Jammeh's rule, according to testimony provided to the investigators and by the Jammeh-era police officers interviewed by Reuters.Others were buried in shallow graves that have been discovered since Jammeh left power.
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