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17/05/2014 11:28 BST | Updated 19/05/2014 08:59 BST

Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, Threatens Gay Asylum Seekers: ‘If I Catch Them, I Will Kill Them'

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly on Friday Sept. 27, 2013 at U.N. headquarters.  (AP Photo/Andrew Burton,Pool)
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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh addresses the 68th United Nations General Assembly on Friday Sept. 27, 2013 at U.N. headquarters. (AP Photo/Andrew Burton,Pool)

The president of The Gambia has threatened the lives of citizens who are considering fleeing his country in the face of gross intolerance towards gays and lesbians.

In his latest vile rant against the LGBT community, Yahya Jammeh, said: “Some people go to the west and claim they are gays and that their lives are at risk in The Gambia, in order for them to be granted a stay in Europe.”

“If I catch them I will kill them," he said according to African news service APA.

Jammeh also said that the British at least are skeptical of these claims and have begun conducting tests on travellers from the Gambia to confirm their sexual orientation.

He was possibly alluding to a 2013 parliamentary report that challenged procedures for those seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.

The president has previously ranked homosexuality alongside obsession with power and greed as "more deadly than all natural disasters put together."

He has also branded homosexuals "satanic."

“Homosexuality is anti-humanity. I have never seen homosexual chicken, or turkey," Jammeh said last year, according to the Freedom Newspaper. "If you are convicted of homosexuality in this country, there will be no mercy for offenders."

As it is, Gambian law criminalises sexual contract between people of the same gender, with a punishment of up to 14 years in prison.