Cameroon: Accuser relents, but police won't free alleged gay man

Published: November 23, 2014

ERASING 76 CRIMES
Denis LeBlanc
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A 22-year-old Cameroonian man, identified here as A.H., was held in police custody from Nov. 17 to Nov. 20 after a Facebook correspondent entrapped him and denounced him to police as a homosexual.

The accuser, Serge, turned A.H. over to police when the two men met for the second time — an occasion that had seemed like a date but ended up more like a trap.

At 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 15, the two met briefly for the first time after corresponding for three months on Facebook. They agreed to meet again on Monday afternoon, Nov. 17. When they met, Serge asked A.H. for proof of his identity. They went together to the nearest police station, in the Ekounou district of Yaounde.

There, A.H. was accused of sexual harassment.

Like an “anti-gay steamroller,” the police leaped on the case. ‘They seized A.H.’s phone to look for proof of homosexuality.  A police investigator and the local police captain looked into A .H.’s messages, seeking evidence that he is gay. The  captain used A.H.’s  directory to call his contacts, masquerading as a gay man, again seeking evidence against him.

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The captain tried to force A.H. to admit that he is gay.  Serge told A.H.’s family a few hours later that A.H. had admitted to police that he is gay, that he had been openly homosexual for four years and that his family already knew.

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