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Trial of UK man held in Uganda for breaking anti-gay laws adjourned until 2014

December 16, 2013
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The case of a British man charged in Uganda after images of him having sex with a man were published in a newspaper has been adjourned for a third time.

Bernard Randell, 65, was arrested in October and charged with “trafficking obscene publications” after Uganda’s Red Pepper newspaper made public the details of the video on its front page.

Mr Randall was back in court on Monday, but the case was adjourned for a third time.

“It has been postponed to January 22 because neither the file nor the prosecutor are here,” he told AFP, adding he was happy over the delay because the alleged laptop thieves were due to go on trial first.

“If they are found guilty then it means that what I said is true, they robbed me, so (there was) no trafficking on my part,” he said.

Mr Randell, who has pleaded not guilty, claims the film was unearthed by robbers who stole his laptop and passed the footage to the newspaper.

He has denied trafficking obscene material, which carries a two-year jail term. His Ugandan male partner faces a more serious charge of gross indecency, which carries a seven-year jail term.

Related topics: Africa, Africa, anti-gay law, anti-gay laws, Bernard Randell, homophobic law, homophobic laws, Uganda

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