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Cameroon Upholds 3-Year Sentence for Gay Conduct

Monday Dec 17, 2012

A court in Cameroon has upheld a conviction against a man found guilty of homosexual conduct last year for sending a text message to another man saying: "I'm very much in love with you."

The Court of Appeal ruled early Monday that Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, 32, must serve out his three-year jail term. He was provisionally released on bail in July after spending a year and a half behind bars.

Mbede told The Associated Press he's not sure he can put up with the anti-gay attacks and harassment he faced from fellow inmates and prison authorities.

Gay rights activists say the upheld sentence marks yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples.

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  • sjenner, 2012-12-17 14:41:26

    Upsetting. I hope he’s able to escape Cameroon before having to report to serve his sentence. Perhaps it’s time for the Industrialized World to suspend loans and economic support. Afterall, these African nations wouldn’t want funds tainted by LGBT taxes.

  • BlondieSL, 2012-12-17 16:35:37

    He should partition Canada for refugee status. He would win easily and find true freedom & happiness here.

  • , 2012-12-17 23:47:39

    This is sad that we fight so hard too stand our grounds that stuff like this is happening in other countries.......i hope he gets away from all that BS

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