Bribed by dad, Cameroon police drop charges

Logo of CAMEF
Logo of CAMEF

Police in Limbe, Cameroon, have released a young LGBT person who was beaten and arrested Feb. 1 on homosexuality charges by a horny police officer who was shocked to discover that this intended sex partner was transgender instead of biologically female.

The officer severely beat Nicholas, commonly known as Nicoline, before making the arrest, LGBT rights activists said.

After Nicoline’s parents traveled to Limbe, his father bribed the police to drop charges, activists said. The parents and Nicoline then left town.

Location of Douala in Cameroon (Map courtesy of Penpals-du-Monde.blogspot.com)
Map of Cameroon (Courtesy of Penpals-du-Monde.blogspot.com)

Before the bribe, Nicoline had been detained awaiting transfer to Buea Central Prison and was expected to have to stay there until a trial on homosexuality charges got under way.

Under Cameroonian law, homosexual acts are punishable by up to five years in prison. The law is often used inappropriately against alleged homosexuals without evidence that they actually performed illegal sexual acts.

Nicoline sought and received help from the Cameroon Association for Empowerment Outreach Programs (CAMEF), an organization that fights for human rights and against AIDS among LGBT people and sex workers in Limbe.

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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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