Activists urge that the law take its course in deciding if rape occured.
Advocates of LGBTI rights in Uganda welcomed today’s acquittal of sports celebrity Chris Mubiru in a case that involved consensual same-sex relations, while noting that his conviction for forced sodomy was a matter of law, not of gay rights.
“Abuse is abuse,” activist Kasha Jacqueline wrote in a Facebook comment. “Perpetrators must face the law … the judge made that distinction very clear in the ruling.”
The LGBTI rights blog Sebaspace observed:
“The Ugandan judiciary continues to pleasantly surprise.
“In a groundbreaking ruling, Chief Magistrate Flavia Nabakooza today convicted ex-football manager, Chris Mubiru, of forceful sodomy, but acquitted him of sex with another male because that was consensual. …
“The judge thus made a distinction between consensual and non-consensual sodomy which is critical to be made.
“This ruling should be applauded for the forward-looking precedent it sets.
“Mubiru is apparently going to…
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