The Associated Press reports three men in the port city of Douala have been convicted of homosexuality and sentenced to six months hard labor. Noted human rights attorney Alice Nkom—previously mentioned on Rod 2.0 HERE, HERE and HERE—has successfully petitioned for the release of other men convicted of homosexuality and will appeal these cases. "None of these people were caught in homosexual act, so the court cannot condemn them for something they never did," she says.
The attorney says the three men "have already suffered innocently so they need to be released, since they have already spent nearly six months in prison cells without trial."
In the Cameroon and many other African nations—such as Nigeria—homosexuality is a crime. Convictions carry a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a fine of up to $450.
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