No payoff after sex? Next comes Kenya sodomy charge

kenya_police_logoA gay man faces an April 3 court hearing on a sodomy charge in Nairobi, Kenya, after he was reported to have had consensual sex with a man who later tried to extort money from him, Identity Kenya reported.

This is the latest in a series of Kenyan sodomy cases, many or all of which sprang from unsuccessful extortion attempts, observers say.

In the latest case, defendant Peter Cherotich (not his real name) was released on cash bail of 5,000 shillings (about US$58) after being charged on March 27 in connection with the sexual encounter of the previous night.

Eric Gitari of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, said that, unless his group finds proof that the sex was unconsensual, they would fight the sodomy charge. The group might also push for an extortion charge against Cherotich’s accuser, Gitari said.

Identity Kenya reported:

In the first quarter of 2013, it is reported by the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission that more than six (6) sodomy cases have been reported to the police in different police stations in Nairobi.

None of these cases have been successfully prosecuted and follow up attempts with the police have not borne much fruit with most alleged complaints refusing to offer any evidence. HOYMAS [the male sex workers’ organization, Health Options for Young Men on HIV, AIDS and STIs] reports that these cases border on blackmail and extortion because almost all complaints and suspects report sexual history prior to the alleged sodomy.

The status of consensual anal sex apparently is in dispute in this case. Sexual relations between men in Kenya is punishable by up to 14 years in prison, according to the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association. Gitari, however, said that “consensual anal sex between adults is not a crime anymore according part 2 of the sixth schedule, Constitution of Kenya 2010.”

For more information, read the full article in Identity Kenya: “Gay Man Charged With Sodomy In Nairobi”

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