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Judge upholds use of anal probes to define sexuality

16 June 2016, 18:58

Mombasa — A Kenyan court has upheld the use of anal examinations to determine a suspect's sexual orientation.

Mombasa High Court Judge Mathew Emukule said Thursday he found no violation of rights or the law and dismissed the petition.

Two men had sought a court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations and HIV tests of men accused of being gay after they were subjected to the procedures.

The two were arrested in a bar near Ukunda in February 2015 on suspicion of engaging in gay sex, which is a criminal offense in Kenya.

In their petition, they said the anal examinations and HIV and hepatitis B tests they were forced to have amounted to being subjected to torture and degrading treatment.

- AP


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