A court in Cameroon today convicted two more people of homosexuality offenses.
Joseph Omgba was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 50,000 CFA francs (U.S. $100, 76 euros). He has been in jail awaiting court action for nearly two years, so he should be released soon if he can pay the fine.
In the same case, an unnamed minor was given a one-year suspended sentence.
“Like most of the people prosecuted for homosexuality in Cameroon, there was no evidence against them,” said Human Rights Watch researcher Neela Ghoshal.
A third defendant was acquitted after being detained awaiting trial for almost two years.
Omgba was one of four men arrested in August 2011, on homosexuality charges, subjected to anal examinations, and held at the central prison in Yaoundé awaiting trial.
An earlier report on this complex case is “Case Study 9” in the March 2013 report “Guilty by Association” from Human Rights Watch.
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