Zambian judge acquits 2 men in homosexuality case

Zambia's location in southern Africa
Zambia’s location in southern Africa

Two Zambian men have been acquitted of homosexuality-related charges.

In March 2014, Jacob Botha, 36, a teacher, and Jackson Lungu, 22, a casual worker, were arrested and pleaded not guilty of the charges.  Their trial was scheduled to being in April 2014.

Media reports claimed that the men had been “living as husband and wife” for three years.

The men were acquitted April 10 after the magistrate found numerous inconsistencies in the facts around the case, the Southern Africa Litigation Centre reported.

The Penal Code of Zambia calls for a prison sentence of from 15 years to life for having “carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature,” including permitting “a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature.”

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 Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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