Malawi gay couple gets 14 years in jail

2010-05-20 10:45

A Malawi court today sentenced a gay couple, who staged an illegal

same sex wedding, to 14 years in prison with hard labour.

Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were arrested on December 28

following a symbolic wedding and have been in jail ever since.

Homesexuality is illegal in Malawi and in several other African


“I sentence you to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour each.

That’s the maximum under the penal code,” said magistrate Nyakwawa Usiwa


“I will give you a scaring sentence so that the public be protected

from people like you, so that we are not tempted to emulate this horrendous

example,” added the judge.

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