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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 09:40 AM

Uganda deports British theatre producer over play exploring gay issues

Source: The Guardian

Uganda deports British theatre producer over play exploring gay issues

Pete Jones and Mark Schenkel in Kampala
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 12 February 2013 10.32 GMT

A British theatre producer who angered Ugandan authorities by staging a play about homosexuality has been deported back to the UK, leaving behind his partner and two children.

David Cecil's deportation came as a shock to his family and legal team, who had been hoping to appeal against proceedings to expel him from Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal.

Cecil was charged last year after putting on The River and the Mountain, a play that explored the difficulties of being homosexual in Uganda, but the charges were dropped due to a lack of evidence. He was rearrested last week.

Cecil's partner, Florence Kebirungi, only found out about the deportation when the director was allowed a brief phone call to her from the airport. "He was sent back to the UK," she said. "It caught everyone by surprise. I had seen him [on Monday] around 3pm at the police station. Of course we didn't know then that he would be deported.

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Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/12/uganda-deports-british-theatre-producer

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