Malawi drops charges against 2 arrested for gay sex

It seems that pressure to free the 2 gay men arrested worked!

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Samuel Tembenu, Malawi's minster of justice and constitutional affairs. (Photo courtesy of maravipost.com) Samuel Tembenu, Malawi’s minster of justice and constitutional affairs. (Photo courtesy of maravipost.com)

The government of Malawi announced today that charges have been dropped against two men arrested Dec. 7 for alleged homosexual activity.

In a statement, Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu reaffirmed Malawi’s moratorium on arrests and prosecutions for alleged violations of the country’s anti-gay law, which has been challenged as unconstitutional and in violation of Malawi’s commitments to uphold international standards of human rights.

The moratorium had been established in 2012 while Joyce Banda was president. Under current President Peter Mutharika, who took office in May 2o14, the moratorium was maintained, but its status was thrown into doubt on Dec. 7, when Cuthbert Kulemela, 19, and Kelvin Gonani, 39, were arrested for allegedly having consensual sexual intercourse inside Gonani’s home. They were released on bail and ordered to return to court to face sodomy charges.

Tembenu announced today that…

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