A court in the West African nation of The Gambia acquitted 18 men and two women on trial for alleged unnatural acts after the public prosecutor asked the court to dismiss the charges, the Jollof News website reported.
According to early reports and police testimony, the defendants were arrested April 6 after a dance ceremony for tourists at Kololi village near the Gambian capital, Banjul. The dance allegedly included men dressed as women. Police called it a “homosexual dance.”
The defendants had all pleaded not guilty to charges of “unnatural offenses,” a felony.
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