Cameroon lesbians freed after 9 months awaiting trial
Two lesbians in southern Cameroon were released on Aug. 22 after nine months in prison awaiting trial on homosexuality charges.
On Aug. 21, Liliane and Nicole each received a two-year prison sentence, which was converted into a three-year suspended sentence, according to their attorney, Michel Togué.
In November 2013, the women were arrested and jailed on homosexuality charges in Ebolowa, 160 kilometers south of Cameroon’s capital, Yaoundé.
For months, they had no legal representation, until Togué took their case in May. He is one of three lawyers in Cameroon who accept LGBT defendants and prisoners as clients.
The women’s trial ended in a conviction on Aug. 14.
Cameroonian law provides for prison sentences of up to five years for same-sex sexual activity. It is supposed to apply only to cases of same-sex intercourse in which a couple…
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