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Malawi's Chimbalanga seeks asylum in Canada

Sat 2 Oct 2010 In: International News View at Wayback View at NDHA

Tiwonge Chimbalanga, one half of the Malawian queer couple that was sentenced to 14 years in prison and then released, is seeking asylum in Canada. The Pan Africa News Agency says the asylum attempt has been confirmed by an activist at Malawi's Centre for the Development of People. Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were arrested in December 2009 after they held a symbolic engagement ceremony. They were charged under the country's sodomy and indecency laws, and they were sentenced to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour Following intense international pressure Malawi's President reluctantly pardoned the pair, who split shortly after their release.    

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Saturday, 2nd October 2010 - 8:47pm

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