Gambian men charged under anti-gay law acquitted

Africa - BannerAugust 2, 2015 – Reported by The Washington Blade – A Gambian court on Thursday acquitted three men who had been charged under the country’s law against “aggravated homosexuality.”

Fatou Camara, a journalist and President Yahya Jammeh’s former press secretary who fled to the U.S. in 2013 after Gambian authorities accused her of seeking to undermine the government, broke the news on her Twitter page. She told the Washington Blade that the three men who were held at a maximum-security prison in the Gambian capital of Banjul for nearly eight months had been released.

LGBT advocacy groups welcomed the men’s acquittal and release, but noted widespread LGBT rights abuses continue to take place in Gambia.

“While their release does not guarantee their freedom, and the Gambia remains a tremendously dangerous place to be LGBT, there is no question that their acquittal is wonderful news to the large international community that has been monitoring their case,” said Ty Cobb of the Human Rights Campaign…story continues below…

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