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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 […]

Zambia: Update – Kasonkomona Trial of 29th October

Zambia: Update – Kasonkomona Trial of 29th October

The trial of Paul Kasonkomona, the gay rights activist who was arrested in April last after appearing on the Zambian TV programme, Assignment, was continued yesterday for a time in Lusaka’s Magistrates Court. The trial had been adjourned to yesterday 29th October, so that the prosecution could call more witnesses, but it appears that a […]

Zambia: Kasonkomona Trial Adjourned Until 29th October

Zambia: Kasonkomona Trial Adjourned Until 29th October

The Zambian gay rights activist, Paul Kasonkomona, has had his case adjourned until October 29th, as the prosecution wishes to  call further witnesses. In what is seen by some as politically motivated, Kasonkomona was arrested in April after he had appeared on a television programme, Assignment, at Muvi TV Studios, to discuss LGBT issues, which […]