Malawi Government Defends Gay Couple's Prosecution

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BLANTYRE, MALAWI (AP) - Another African country -- under fire
for its treatment of gays -- isn't backing down.

The government of Malawi is making no apologies for its laws
that criminalize homosexual acts. And it says it isn't swayed by
international criticism of the trial of a gay couple on felony
charges for which they could be jailed for up to 14 years.

Malawi's information minister says the two men were "clearly
breaking the laws of Malawi."

The criticism comes from an international community that
provides funding for 40 percent of Malawi's budget.

Amnesty International has called for the couple's immediate
release. More than 20 members of the Scottish parliament have
called on their government to review its development aid package
for Malawi.

A verdict is expected next month.

Another African country, Uganda, will soon debate a proposed law
that would impose the death penalty on some gays.

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