British Couple Sentenced for Sedition in Gambia

BANJUL, Gambia (AP) - Two British missionaries have been
sentenced to one-year jail terms with hard labor in Gambia for
criticizing the West African country's government.

David and Fiona Fulton pleaded guilty last week to charges of sedition and asked the court for a lenient sentence.

The pair, who have worked in Gambia for years, were arrested late last month in the predominantly Muslim nation. They allegedly
sent a letter to individuals and groups criticizing the government.

A Pentecostal church in the northern English town of Bolton has supported the Fultons and is lobbying for their release.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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