MSM Involved With HIV/AIDS Organization in Senegal Sentenced to Eight Years in Jail
January 8, 2009
A Senegalese court on Wednesday sentenced nine men who have sex with men to eight years in jail -- the highest sentence of its kind ever handed down in the country -- AFP/News24.com reports. The men were arrested in December 2008 and charged with "indecent conduct and unnatural acts and membership of a criminal organization." Consensual same-sex relations are illegal in Senegal and punishable by up to five years in jail. However, the judge increased the men's sentences to eight years because of their "membership of a criminal organization." Most of the men belonged to a group aimed at fighting HIV/AIDS, according to AFP/News24.com (AFP/News24.com, 1/7). Diadji Diouf, the head of an organization that provides HIV prevention services to MSM in Senegal, was among the men sentenced, theView Full Article
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