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British Missionary Freed From Hard Labour in Gambian Prison

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The missionary was imprisoned for criticizing the government of Gambia and Islam’s dominance in the country.

By Charlie Boyd

09/12/2010 UK (Christian Today)-A British missionary who was sentenced to hard labour in a Gambian prison has been released.

Mr Fulton and his wife, Fiona, 47, were working as missionaries in the country when they were found guilty of sedition and sentenced to hard labour in December 2008.

They admitted at the time to sending emails in which they criticised the Gambian government and the dominance of Islam in the country.

Mr Fulton, however, had his sentence extended by three years last March after being convicted of forgery while working as an army chaplain.

Mr Fulton’s release has been welcomed by Stuart Windsor, national director of Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

In addition to being army chaplain, Mr Fulton ran a ministry reaching out to remote villages via boat, while his wife cared for terminally ill people.

Gambia is predominantly Muslim, with over 90 per cent of the population belonging to the faith.

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