Case dropped against Malawian politician who said gay people should be killed

2016-01-22 13:34

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Lilongwe – The court case against Malawian politician Ken Msonda for remarks he made against homosexuals has reportedly been dropped.

Nyasa Times reported that Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale applied for the discontinuance of the trial.

Msonda, who is the former ruling People's Party (PP) spokesperson, was discharged by the High Court.

He was taken to court by the Centre of Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and the Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) for his remarks that all homosexuals should be killed.

"Arresting them won't address this problem because sooner or later they are being released on bail. The best way to deal with this problem is to KILL them!," Msonda wrote on his on his Facebook page. 

This came as reports indicated that Randy Berry, the United States Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI people, was in the country to campaign against the violence against the LGBTI community and "to facilitate access to medical and health care".

Under the current law, those found guilty of homosexuality in Malawi, can be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison, with hard labour. However, Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu recently indicated that the laws against homosexuality would be reviewed.

Read more on:    malawi  |  southern africa  |  gay rights

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