Zambian President Pardons Men Imprisoned For Gay Sex

Zambia’s President Edgar Lungu has pardoned two men who were jailed last year for having sex with each other.

Their 15-year sentence triggered a diplomatic row, which ended in the recalling of the US ambassador who had criticised the sentence.

Zambia is a deeply conservative society where homosexual acts are illegal.

This was legislation inherited from the British colonial era.

Last November, a High Court in the capital, Lusaka, sentenced the two men for having sex “against the order of nature”. 

They had booked into a lodge, and a worker peeped through an open window and saw them having sex, the court heard.

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