Senegal 9 freed

The 9 Senegalese HIV/AIDS counsellors sentenced to 8 years in prison for homosexuality have had their convictions overturned. The men were convicted on the basis of “hearsay” and anonymous tip offs so it’s not surprising that the prosecution did not question the appeal decision. The arrest of the men was part of homophobic government and media campaign following the publication of photos of a gay wedding in a local magazine, Icone. The editor who received death treats threats said he published the photos to prove that there were gay men in Senegal.