Police in Senegal Release Men Jailed for ‘Gay Wedding’

Several men who were arrested and jailed in connection with a “gay wedding” after photos were published in Icone magazine by its editor, Mansour Dieng, have been released, according to the BBC.

Senegal_2I posted about the arrests on Monday. Dieng reportedly published the photos to lend credibility to a prior article on homosexuality in the west African, predominantly Muslim country.

The number of men arrested is unclear, but the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) reported that the number may have been as high as 20, which also reported “The wedding is believed to have taken place in a discrete location in Dakar more than a year-and-a-half ago. Sources report that the photographs were sold to the sensationalist magazine by the photographer for 1,500,000 ($3000) CFA francs. The arrests were reportedly undertaken upon the orders of Mr. Asane Ndoye, head of the Senegalese Police’s Division of Criminal Investigation.”

Senegal ‘gay wedding’ men freed [bbc]

Arrests in Senegal over ‘Gay Wedding’, Publication of Photos [tr]