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Jesse Jackson Says He Wins Release of Americans Held in Gambia

Sept. 18 (Bloomberg) -- The Reverend Jesse Jackson said he had secured the release of two American citizens held in Gambia after meeting with President Yahya Jammeh.

“They will be leaving with us thanks to the mercy of the president, he has allowed them to go,” Jackson told reporters yesterday in the capital of Banjul. Jackson said he appealed to Jammeh, who has been in power since a 1994 coup, to extend his moratorium on executions that was announced this month.

The two Americans being released into Jackson’s custody are Tamsir Jassey, who is serving a 20-year sentence in connection with an aborted coup against Jammeh in 2006, and Amadou Scattred Janneh, a former Gambian information minister who was charged with treason in 2011.

Gambia, a former British colony, is the smallest country in mainland Africa with a population of about 1.8 million people.

To contact the reporter on this story: Suwaibou Touray in Banjul at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at

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