The Straits Times
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Published on Jan 08, 2013
 

Cameroon acquits two men sentenced for "looking gay"

 
 

YAOUNDE (REUTERS) - A Cameroon appeal court on Monday overturned the convictions of two men found guilty of homosexuality and sentenced to five years in jail for cross-dressing and wearing make-up.

Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon but recent incidents have highlighted growing tension between a largely conservative society and a younger generation less concerned by the issue.

The two men were convicted in November 2011 and had already spent over a year in prison. Their lawyer, Alice Nkom, who also campaigns for gay rights, said the court's decision had been expected.

"Their conviction was against the law because they were not actually seen or caught doing anything at the time the police arrested them," she said.