Gambia arrests men accused of homosexual acts

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Gambian authorities have arrested three men accused of committing homosexual acts, which are punishable with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under a law signed in October, state television said on Tuesday.

According to the report, the men “confessed” that they are gay. It is not clear if the men are Gambians as their nationalities were not named.

“We go around in search of suspected individuals and in the course of the investigations we arrested the men.

“They have confessed that they have engaged in these inhuman acts,’’ the broadcast said, showing the men whose faces were covered.

Gambia and President Yahya Jammeh faced global condemnation over the country’s human rights. Mr. Jammed introduced “aggravated homosexuality’’ as a crime punishable in some cases with life in prison.

The European Union said it has withdrawn millions of Euros of funding from Gambia, an announcement that came as the mainly Muslim West African nation looked more to the Middle East for support.

During the broadcast about the arrests, the country’s National Intelligence Agency appealed to the public, especially parents and landlords, to help them stamp out homosexuality.



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  • F Young

    Unfortunately, the people most likely to be targeted by laws that criminalize homosexuality are actually heterosexuals, since homosexuals are only a tiny portion of the population (probably 1 to 3%) and are extremely discreet because they are terrified.

    So, those accused of homosexuality are more likely to be heterosexuals falsely accused under torture by people who will say anything to stop the torture.

    Others are falsely accused by ambitious enemies (such as rival politicians and clergy) and by greedy blackmailers (including corrupt police officers).