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Zambia: President pardons gay couple jailed for 15 years

Zambia: President pardons gay couple jailed for 15 years

(Reuters) – Zambia’s president has pardoned a gay couple sentenced to 15 years in prison in November under colonial-era [anti-gay] laws, in a case that caused a diplomatic row with the United States. Japhet Chataba, 39, and Steven Sambo, 31, were among nearly 3,000 inmates pardoned by President Edgar Lungu last Friday, to commemorate Africa […]

Zambia: US ambassador said to have ‘crossed line’ defending gay couple

Zambia: US ambassador said to have ‘crossed line’ defending gay couple

(Reuters) – Zambia’s home affairs minister said on Tuesday that a US ambassador, who criticised the jailing of a gay couple for 15 years, had “crossed the line”, adding that the United States had responded to an official complaint by recalling him. A court in the southern African nation last month sentenced the couple under […]