Cameroon jails two for being gay

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A court in Cameroon, one of the least gay-tolerant countries in the world, on Tuesday sentenced a man to two years in prison and handed down a suspended one-year jail sentence to an underage youth for homosexuality.

The man, identified as Joseph Ombga, may be released from custody shortly if he pays a fine of 50 000 CFA francs (76 euros) and the same amount in legal expenses, as he has already been detained for almost two years at Yaounde’s central prison, according to the verdict.

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A third defendant in the same trial, identified as Seraphon Ntsama, was given “the benefit of the doubt” and acquitted. Ntsama has also been held for almost two years.

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