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Arrests of gays are taking place in the West African nation of Cameroon.

YAOUNDE — Cameroon authorities have charged four people aged 17 to 46 with homosexuality and remanded them in custody, their lawyer told AFP on Saturday.

“All four were remanded in custody yesterday (Friday) after having been charged the same day,” said Michel Togue.

Two of them were also charged with “indecent behaviour involving a minor”.

The lawyer said one of the accused “said he was arrested at his home on August 10″ in the capital Yaounde after “somebody turned up and asked to see a ‘gay film’ in his company”.

It was “obviously a set-up because police arrived to arrest him as they were watching the film”, he added.

The three others were arrested when they visited him after his arrest.

Police were not available Saturday to comment on the arrests which take the number of those detained in less than a month to seven.

Homosexuality being outlawed in Cameroon, those arrested risk five years in prison.

Gay rights activists say the government is set to tighten anti-gay legislation further.

 

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  • Richard Willmer

    The three others were arrested when they visited him after his arrest.

    That seems very odd – and sinister.

  • Mary

    It is time for many people to leave. A suspicion or revenge accusation could land a person in jail.

  • Richard Willmer

    @ Mary : It does look that way, I fear. I am personally aware of individuals in another African country (no guesses where!) who are ‘suspected’ simply because they are do not have a ‘partner’ (of the opposite sex). That’s where all this rampant homophobia, combined with corruption, inevitably leads.

  • Maazi NCO

    Arrests of gays are taking place in the West African nation of Cameroon.

    What a shock !! How can Cameroon be arresting people who are suspected of committing the abominable sex crime of gayism? Isn’t Cameroon a member-state of the European Union or at least receiving money from some Western donor blackmailers? Such insolence against the received wisdom of the gay imperialist nations of the Western world !! Where are all those gay propagandist spammers to flood the email accounts of Cameroonian legislators with threats of boycotts, withdrawal of useless donor funds, threats of visitation bans, sports boycotts, tourism boycotts, etc?

    Gay rights activists say the government is set to tighten anti-gay legislation further

    A step in the right direction. Western government officials who don’t like it can go and jump off a bridge. They should remember to take their blackmail money with them to the bridge.

    It is time for many people to leave. A suspicion or revenge accusation could land a person in jail.

    Balderdash !! Cameroon has a functional judiciary. If you have no case to answer then a judge will release you from custody. If you committed the abominable crime of gayism—normally verified by court-sanctioned medical examination—- then you definitely have case to answer and will probably serve time in jail. The idea that one would summarily be sent to jail without a judicial process is just rubbish.

    I am personally aware of individuals in another African country (no guesses where!) who are ‘suspected’ simply because they are do not have a ‘partner’ (of the opposite sex)

    Gay propaganda. No one suspects anyone of being a sex deviant simply because he or she is not married. In most of Africa, it is normally for male friends to hold hands. This is not hedonistic Europe where a man touching a man is just one step from an act of sexual deviance.

  • Richard Willmer

    As I said, I am personally aware …

    (If ‘Maazi NCO’ finds this truth uncomfortable, well, that’s his problem.)

  • Richard Willmer

    I have to say this: this contrast ‘Maazi NCO’ draws between ‘the innocent African’ and ‘the hedonistic European’ cause to me to scream with laughter.


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