Big Tent News: Cameroon Court Upholds Three Year Sentence for Gay Text 'I Love You'
Cameroon Court Upholds Three Year Sentence for Gay Text 'I Love You'
DOUALA, Cameroon (AP) — An appeals court on Monday upheld a three-year sentence against a man found guilty of homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another man saying: “I’m very much in love with you.”
Activists said the court’s ruling in Yaounde, the capital, marked yet another setback for gays and lesbians in Cameroon, widely viewed as the most repressive country in Africa when it comes to prosecuting same-sex couples.
Jean-Claude Roger Mbede, 32, had been provisionally released on bail in July after serving a year and a half in prison. His lawyer has 10 days now to file an appeal to the country’s Supreme Court.
Holding back tears Monday, he said he wasn’t sure whether he could withstand more jail time given the conditions he faced there.