9 Senegalese Men Appeal ‘Unnatural Acts’ Ruling

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“Nine Senegalese men who were sentenced to eight years in prison for “indecent conduct and unnatural acts” are appealing against the decision. The men, most of whom belong to a group set up to combat HIV/AIDS, appeared at the Dakar Court of Appeal yesterday with their attorneys. The men’s counsel argued that there was no material proof for the accusations, no specific complainant had filed charges against the men and that the time of their arrests (after 10pm) was illegal. The prosecution has not contested the defence plea. The nine men were arrested in December last year at the apartment of Diadji Diouf, a prolific LGBT leader, and sentenced in January.” [Pink News]