Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

2 Cameroonians face homosexuality charges

16 March 2012, 17:45

Ambam - Two women on trial in Cameroon for homosexuality pleaded not guilty on Thursday as their lawyers sought an annulment of the trial over alleged rights abuses.

"Not guilty", said Esther, 29, and Martine, 26, whose full names are being withheld to protect them in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

The two are charged with "having intercourse with a person of the same sex".

Their lawyer, gay activist Alice Nkom, asked the court in Ambam in south Cameroon to annul the case as investigators had failed to inform her clients of their right to legal counsel or to remain silent.

"Since this case began, we have been the laughing stock of our town. We are being treated as witches," Esther told AFP on leaving the courtroom, which was packed with curious onlookers and supporters

"I do not see what they did wrong to deserve this," onlooker Fabrice Ngningha told AFP.

But another passerby, who refused to give her name, said: "It is not normal that two women sleep together. They must be condemned, as an example to their children."

Martine has two children and Esther one.



- SAPA

Tags cameroon
NEXT ON NEWS24 KENYAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Mbungu Harrison
Warfare group to sue government o...

Matatu Warfare Association has threatened to sue the government if those some of their members who incurred losses after buying counterfeit speed governors are not compensated. Read more...

Submitted by
Mbungu Harrison
TNA on drawing table to win coast...

As CORD discords in the coastal parts, top officials from The National Allince party have vowed to put up structures at the coastal regions. Read more...

Submitted by
Robert Chepkwony
EACC nabs 11 traffic police offic...

Drama ensued in Nakuru town after EACC officers netted 11 traffic police officers involved in collection of bribes from the motorists. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
Open relationships gaining ground...

Would you consider an open relationship or marriage with your partner? Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
ODM protests hit Raila move to sh...

ODM leader Raila Odinga's move to share political party funds with other CORD affiliates has left a few tongues wagging in the party. Read more...

Submitted by
Shakila Alivitsa
5 ways to ensure your new relatio...

New relationships are exciting. Here are ways to ensure they are a success. Read more...