Stephen Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga found guilty

Associated Press reports that Stephen Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga have been found guilty of unnatural acts and gross indecency. Nyakwawa Usiwa, Blantyre’s Chief Resident Magistrate issued the verdict today. They could face up to 14 years in jail under Malawi’s laws. They are expected to be sentenced later today.

They have been in custody since their arrest on December 27th and both denied the charges against them. Their lawyers attempted to have the case thrown out by arguing the trial violated constitutional laws but were unsuccessful.

Peter Tatchell, who has been championing their case, argued that the prosecution had not proved they broke the law. He told PinkNews: “This is an appalling verdict. There is no evidence to justify it. Steven and Tiwonge freely confirmed their love for each other but the prosecution presented no credible evidence that they had committed any sexual acts. The law under which they were convicted is a law that only applies to same-sex relationships. It violates article 20 of the Malawi constitution, which guarantees equality and non-discrimination.”

Comments

  1. Erika Baker says

    This is so dreadful. Every time I wonder why I bother, I need to remember that it's because of people like these two.

  2. Anonymous says

    There is so much anarchy in this world yet we choose to add more misery to the world by arresting 2 homosexual as if it matters what they do in their privacy.We leave all the murderers, kidnappers,Human trafficking, violance and crime but choose to focus our energies on 2 people who love each other despite their gender barriers.Seriuosly this is Deplorable!!!!

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