Acquittal, but bad news, in Uganda consensual sex case

A muddled case turns out to not be good news…


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Contrary to earlier impressions, no helpful precedent was set by the Sept. 8 acquittal of Ugandan sports celebrity Chris Mubiru in a case involving consensual same-sex relations, a new legal analysis concludes.

Mubiru’s acquittal was accompanied by his conviction on Sept. 8 for forced sodomy, which seemed to suggest that Ugandan courts in the future might penalize homosexual assaults but not consensual sex.

However, in examining the official record of the case, Uganda’s Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) found that Mubiru was not  acquitted because the sex was consensual but because Magistrate Flavia Nabakooza concluded that evidence from his consensual sex partner could not be trusted. In fact, Nabakooza suggested that the partner also could have been prosecuted for willingly violating a law against same-sex relations.

Section 145 of the Ugandan Penal Code, governing “Unnatural Offenses,” provides for a life sentence for…

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