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Zambia: two men freed after a year in jail

Fri 4 Jul 2014 In: International News

Picture / 76 Crimes Two men have been freed from prison in Zambia after more than a year behind bars, after family members told authorities they were gay. Human rights activists have told 76 Crimes Philip Mubiana and James Mwape have been acquitted of charges of violating the Zambian law against homosexual activity. They had been in custody since May 2013 when family members reported them to police in response to a nationwide appeal to Zambian citizens to inform on "alleged homosexuals". 76 Crime says the Kabwe Principle Resident Magistrate John Mbuzi has ruled the prosecution had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. He cited deficiencies in the forensic examinations of the defendants. He also noted that police did not find the two men "in the act", but only arrested them in response to others' allegations. Read more here    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 4th July 2014 - 9:16pm

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