24 April 2014
   
New Zimbabwe Header
Ethanol: Mutasa admits helping Rautenbach
MDC-T trio in court for violent assault
Govt working on debt solution: Chinamasa
New Mugabe book vetted by CIO
Zanu PF looks to revive the Zim$, claim
Bulawayo far from dead: Mayor
$6000 pay cap, govt admits defeat
MDC-T rebels hit back at Tsvangirai
MORE NEWS
Z$ or multicurrencies: Whither Zimbabwe?
Taxing informal sector counterproductive
MORE BUSINESS
Sindisiwe Dube: Byo’s music princess
Sulu: The secret to my success
MORE SHOWBIZ
Injured Mushekwi back in South Africa
Limping Harare City face Dynamos
MORE SPORTS
Is Malema's EFF an alternative for SA?
What Tsvangirai could learn from Nkomo
MORE OPINION
 
How Zim squandered Marange gift
Easter has no bearing on Christianity
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 
GALZ pair released on bail
 
27/05/2010 00:00:00
by
 
Bailed ... GALZ pair gets bail
 
RELATED STORIES

A MAGISTRATE’S court on Thursday freed on bail two GALZ employees after six days in jail on allegations of possessing indecent material and displaying a placard seen as insulting to President Robert Mugabe.

The Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) claimed the two employees were assaulted by police while in custody.

Defense attorney David Hofisi said the two were also made to bend their knees into a sitting position with their arms outstretched for long periods and were struck with bottles when they weakened and fell.

Magistrate Munamate Mutevedzi released the two on bail of $200 each until a trial set for June 10, where they will face penalties of imprisonment or a fine. Homosexuality is illegal in Zimbabwe.

Police allege the two employees possessed photographs of gay sex and posted a letter in their office from former San Francisco Mayor Willie Lewis Brown criticizing the President Mugabe’s opposition to homosexuality.

GALS said both Ellen Chadehama, 34, and Ignatius Mhambi, 38 were married with children.

They were arrested last Friday on allegations under censorship laws and sweeping security laws making it an offense "to undermine the authority of the president."

State prosecutors had asked the court to deny bail.
Mutevedzi said provisions of Zimbabwe law on both allegations did not take into account the sexuality of suspected offenders.

"The generality of Zimbabweans’ pictures of a man and a man having sex would easily be regarded as morally reprehensible," he said.

President Mugabe has described same-sex partners as "lower than dogs and pigs" but arrests of gays are rare in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe has vowed not to allow gay rights to be written into a new constitution being drafted by the country’s coalition government.



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark
 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker