A version of the gay panic defense results in a gender non-conforming gay man being put on trial under antiquated Sodom law
A 27-year-old Zambian faces court action Oct. 14 on sodomy charges after a sexual encounter while wearing women’s clothes.
Hatch Bril, a hairdresser in Mongu, western Zambia, could face from seven years to life in prison, if convicted.
Bril was arrested after being reported to police by taxi driver Abraham Chilemu, age 19, who said he had been deceived into sex.
Chilemu said he had the sexual encounter with Bril at Chilemu’s home after he saw Bril dressed in female attire and “instantly fell in love.”
In Zambia, anyone who “has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature” or “permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature” is liable to imprisonment for 15 years to life. Attempted sodomy is punishable by seven to 14 years in prison.
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