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ADDED ON: 02/07/2020

Witness no-show causes new delay in Lagos homosexuality case

02/06/2020 | News 24

The trial of 47 Nigerian men charged with homosexuality, punishable by 14 years in jail in the West African country, stalled again on Wednesday as their accusers failed to produce a witness. The men, who were arrested in a Lagos hotel during a police raid in August 2018, have pleaded not guilty in the case before the High Federal Court. They were accused of “committing homosexual acts” in a “gay initiation party” and “permitting male persons to have carnal knowledge of themselves against the order of nature”. The national police, a civil plaintiff, has repeatedly failed to produce witnesses to support their accusations in the case, which is being closely watched by Nigeria’s LGBT community.

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