Malawi: Court case drives MSM deeper underground

Published: April 6, 2010

Malawi: Court case drives MSM deeper underground

LILONGWE, 6 April 2010 (PlusNews) – An engagement ceremony has landed a same-sex Malawian couple in jail, propelled their country into international headlines, and pushed men who have sex with men (MSM) further towards society’s risky margins.

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were arrested and charged with sodomy and indecency after their public engagement in late December 2009. The case, which has drawn international criticism of Malawi’s laws, is set to begin on 6 April after a magistrate decided there was sufficient state evidence to proceed. The couple face up to 14 years in prison if they lose.

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