Police in Cameroon hang arrested 9 individuals on suspicion of homosexuality, most of them at an HIV/AIDS care centre, an LGBT rights lawyer acknowledged on Thursday.
A police officer within the western town of Bafoussam, the establish the 9 had been detained on Tuesday and remained in custody two days later, acknowledged “we arrested them to hang a look at whether or no longer they had been homosexuals”.
“By the cease of the day, we are in a position to leer, in accordance to the proof, whether or no longer some may perchance perhaps presumably be launched and others referred to the prosecutor’s place of work,” which is in a role to think whether or no longer to fee them, advised AFP on condition of anonymity.
Seven of these arrested had been picked up at the headquarters of the Colibri affiliation, whose most important mission is the care of individuals contaminated with HIV/AIDS, in step with lawyer Alice Nkom of the Affiliation for the Defence of Homosexuality.
Homosexual intercourse is a crime punishable with up to 5 years in penal complex within the Central African nation.
Once frequent, arrests for alleged homosexual acts hang dropped vastly in most popular years, nonetheless they seem like making a comeback, Nkom acknowledged.
On 8 February, two transgender individuals had been arrested in Douala, the business capital, the establish they’re unexcited locked up. Their trial began on 10 February and is thanks to resume on 10 March.