Zambia Gay Couple Verdict Delayed After Year in Jail

Zambia flagOn Jun 2, 2014 MambaOnline reported: After spending more than a year in jail, the nightmarish homosexuality trial of two Zambian men has been delayed again.

Barber Philip Mubiana and bricklayer James Mwape, both in their early twenties, are charged with having ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature.’

The verdict in their trial was meant to have been delivered on Friday. They appeared in court hoping to finally know their fate, only to be told that the matter has been delayed again until 16 June.

According to the Zambia Daily Mail, the magistrate had “not received submissions in good time to prepare his judgement.”

It is unclear if these outstanding submissions are from the defence or the prosecution.Mubiana and Mwape have been in detention since May 2013 in rural Kapiri Mposhi while their trial has faced repeated postponements and delays and their bail applications have been refused.

They have denied the charges and face between 15 years to life in prison if found guilty.  Continued

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