The President of Zambia granted grace to two men sentenced to 15 years in prison for having a homosexual relationship

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Zambian President Edgar Lungu granted pardon to two men who were sentenced to 15 years in prison for having a homosexual relationship last year. The release of the two men, Japhet Chataba and Steven Samba, was announced yesterday on the occasion of Africa Freedom Day (day to remember the founding of the Organization of African Unity) and is part of the release of another 3,000 prisoners.

The couple’s conviction had caused a diplomatic case between Zambia and the United States that in December 2019 had recalled their ambassador Daniel Foote, who had accused the local government of treating gay couples in a “frightening” manner by making arbitrary arrests, while in Zambia “Government officials” could “steal millions of public dollars without being charged.”

The couple had been sentenced in late 2019 for “acts against nature” after the complaint of a man who had seen them having sex from a window. In Zambia, as in many other African states, homosexual acts are illegal. The first instance sentence against Steven Samba and Japhet Chataba had been confirmed by a High Court of Justice in Lusaka, the country’s capital.





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