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Zambia: 2nd arrest in 2 days for gay couple

Two Zambian men were re-arrested on homosexuality charges today after they were arrested and then released on police bond yesterday on the same charges.

The Zambian government news service said that James Mwape and Philp Mubiana, both age 21, were rearrested and denied bail after “they were found in the act again” and would face additional charges.

Standwell Lungu, commissioner of police for Zambia’s Central Province, said medical tests proved that the men had engaged in sex.

He said, “We have revoked police bond and rearrested the two men for again engaging in the act which they were arrested on in the first place. They will remain in custody until they appear in court … We have given them more counts,” The Guardian reported.

For information about their first arrest, read the article “Zambia report: Police arrest married gay couple.”

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Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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