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More homosexuality arrests in Zambia

Zambian police last week arrested another couple on homosexuality charges.


From the African Human Rights Media Network


Magistrate’s Court in Lusaka, Zambia

This time, the two men accused of homosexual sex are ages 52 and 21, according to Zambian publications including the Lusaka Times, Zambia Reports, Zambia WatchdogZambian Observer and the Zambian Sun.

The couple arrested last month were ages 53 (a farmer) and 17 (a student in grade 12).

In Zambia, the penalty for same-sex intimacy is imprisonment for 15 years to life.

The latest arrests occurred in Lusaka in the afternoon of Aug. 22, according to Danny Mwale, the acting spokesperson for Zambia Police.

Responding to calls from the public, police rushed to the home of Arnold Zulu, 52, and found him having sex with Adrian Mazuba, 21, of Kanyama, a Lusaka suburb, Mwale said.

Zulu, an operations manager for Capital Buses, was detained in police custody. Mazuba has been taken for medical examination, Mwale said.

Douglas Quentin Watt, 53, and the unnamed juvenile who were arrested in July’s police raid were released on bail. Their trial was scheduled for Aug. 8, but it was delayed until Sept. 4 after the lawyer for Watt pulled out.Source: Rights Africa

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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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