Uganda denies bail to gay suspects caught on video

Africa

A court in Uganda’s southern city of Jinja has denied bail to six men accused of engaging in gay sex that was allegedly captured on video.

 

The prosecution said the suspects were part of a network that is grooming young boys into acts of sodomy and recruiting male adults into gay relationships, the Daily Monitor reported.

 

The men aged between 20 and 26 were charged with indecency.

 

The court on Tuesday denied them bail on grounds that they would not be safe in the community.

 

“It is our mandate as the court to protect the accused persons. Releasing them to a biased society cannot guarantee their safety, so prison is their safe place,’’ a judge ruled.

 

Their case will be heard on 10 May.

Homosexual acts are already illegal in Uganda but the parliament has proposed a bill that introduces tougher punishment, including the death penalty.

BBC