Two Ugandan men could be jailed for life if convicted in homosexuality trial
Two Ugandan men will go on trial next month charged with breaking the country’s anti-gay laws.
If convicted the men could be jailed for life. Prosecutors said on Wednesday that they had sufficient evidence against Kim Mukisa and Jackson Mukasa. The pair deny the charges.
They have been held in Luziro prison in Kampala since December.
The Guardian reports Mr Mukisa, 24, a businessman, was charged with “having sexual knowledge of a person against the order of nature” and Mr Mukasa, 19, with permitting a person to have sexual knowledge of him against the order of nature.
Both men have been charged under the 1950 Penal Code Act, which also prescribes life imprisonment if a person is found guilty of homosexual acts.
The trial is scheduled to start on 7 May.
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It punishes first-time offenders with 14 years in jail and allows life imprisonment as the penalty for acts of “aggravated homosexuality”.
The UK Government said that none of its aid goes directly to the Ugandan Government.