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Zambian Gay Couple Acquitted Of Sodomy Charges

6a00d8341c730253ef019aff64f0f3970d-300wiThe Zambian gay couple charged with sodomy last May have been acquitted. The decision comes after pressure from Amnesty International on the country to release the men — as well as a November 2013 speech on the importance of gay rights from Zambian First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba-Sata.

The reason for the men's acquittal, however, is decidedly less indicative of political change in Zambia.

Zambian Magistrate John Mbuzi acquitted the men on grounds that the state failed to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt, deeming the prosecution's evidence against the two men hearsay. The two men — Phillip Mubiana, a bricklayer, and James Mwape, a hairdresser — both 22 years old — could have each faced a prison sentence of up to 15 years if they had been found guilty of the charges.

(h/t AllAfrica)

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  1. We in the west should be offering these men asylum here. There's no question they need it.

    Posted by: Randy | Jul 5, 2014 3:47:25 PM


  2. If the "evidence" against them was hearsay how was it ever considered "evidence" in the first place, either by the prosecutor or the judge or the police ?

    Zambia operates the' common' law....they know damn well that hearsay is inadmissible in law. !!!

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 5, 2014 4:16:54 PM


  3. Oh Please, "WE" in the West don't care about African gays which is why I don't and will never support the gay agenda here in the United States. American white and Hispanic gays have proven to be extremely prejudiced towards black gays not only in Africa but the United States as well.

    Posted by: UNFAIR TO WHO | Jul 5, 2014 6:48:15 PM


  4. Even though that evidence should have never been admitted, I think it is still a positive sign that it was thrown out and the 2 men were acquitted. Too many times, in too many countries have innocent people been railroaded into prison, gay or otherwise.
    And Unfair does have a point. I'm often amazed how a topic like this will get 3 comments and other stories will get 3+ pages of comments.

    Posted by: scudpipe | Jul 5, 2014 9:13:32 PM


  5. Excellent article here on history of anti-LGBT agitation in Zambia ever since 1998! http://paper-bird.net/2014/07/06/sodomy-in-zambia/

    Posted by: AEbiware | Jul 6, 2014 11:53:42 AM


  6. Asylum. Btw prejudices exist in all walks of life. No person is immune. I personally try my best not to judge anybody but I can't say I've never been just as guilty. Homophobia racism sexism . All needs to go. We all hinave a ways to go. Love wins in the end.

    Posted by: Alexander | Jul 6, 2014 5:19:07 PM


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