Malawi suspends sodomy law

Though Malawi’s president, Joyce Banda, recently backed down from her pledge to repeal the country’s sodomy law, there are reports this week that her government has suspended enforcement and the parliament is planning to consider the issue.

Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara said the moratorium on Malawi’s anti-gay laws, which see sexual conduct between men punishable by up to 14 years imprisonment, would remain in place until parliament voted on a new law.

In the meantime, police have been told not to arrest anyone engaged in homosexual activity.

“If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional it would be an embarrassment to government,” he told Reuters. “It is better to let one criminal get away with it rather than throw a lot of innocent people in jail.”

Not sure yet what changed.


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