Cameroon lesbians freed after 9 months in jail with 3 year suspended sentence

AfricaOn Aug 25, 2014 Gay Star News reported: Two lesbians in southern Cameroon have been freed after 9 months in prison awaiting trial

Two lesbians have been freed from jail in Cameroon after spending 9 months in prison awaiting trial and then potentially facing two years in prison.‘Liliane’ and ‘Nicole’ were arrested in the agricultural center of Ebolowa, capital of Cameroon’s South Region, in November of 2013 on charges of sexual behavior involving another woman.Liliane and Nicole potentially faced jail terms of up to five years, and were handed a sentence of two years in jail on 21 August.The women had spent months languishing in jail without legal representation before attorney Michel Togué agreed to represent them.Togué is one of only a handful of lawyers who are prepared to represent LGBTI clients in Cameroon and he took up their case in May.Following the women’s sentencing he was able to have their sentence converted into a three year suspended sentence, allowing the women to go free.  Continued

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