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Malawi Gay Couple Denied Bail a Second Time

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, the gay couple being held in a Malawi jail after being arrested following an engagement ceremony, have been denied bail a second time, because the judge fears for their safety:

Malawicouple "'The State fears for applicants' safety based on the kind of reaction members of the public have demonstrated each time they are brought to court,' Justice Rowland Mbvundula said in the ruling. The judge observed that the public has been hostile and negative towards the couple since the trial started. This is the second time the courts have denied them bail."

Box Turtle Bulletin reports that Malawi gay rights group Magrim is planning a demonstration this Sunday in Blantyre, Malawi's largest city. Efforts are also currently underway in parliament to make the country's anti-homosexuality law, which currently imposes a prison sentence of 14 years for homosexual acts, harsher.

Monjeza and Chimbalanga have been jailed for more than a month.

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  1. has Madonna even issued a statement on this yet .... she is after all the mother of a male child from this hellhole

    Posted by: RJP3 | Jan 29, 2010 12:43:29 PM

  2. Fuck Madonna.

    Somebody needs to put Bill Clinton's ass on a plane and send him to Malawi to take these two guys somewhere safe. These guys deserve asylum as much as those two idiot reporters who crossed into North Korea.

    Posted by: crispy | Jan 29, 2010 1:04:11 PM

  3. My god why can't we get these men out of there? We seriously need to start an international underground railroad for lgbt people who are being persecuted by their own government.

    Posted by: wtf | Jan 29, 2010 1:09:17 PM

  4. Clinton all tied up in Haiti -- for obvious reasons!

    Posted by: David B. 2 | Jan 29, 2010 2:27:57 PM

  5. Bullshit, The judge had no problem letting them drive to court in an open bed truck, he just doesn't want them to skip town and live.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jan 29, 2010 6:04:51 PM

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