Saturday, May 29, 2010

Malawi Pardons Jailed Trans-Gay Couple

This is the most fabulous news from the BBC this morning:

A gay couple who were jailed in Malawi have been pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika.

Mr Mutharika, speaking as UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Lilongwe, said he had ordered their immediate release.

Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were given 14-year jail terms after being convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts.

The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.

Mr Ban said he welcomed the president's decision. [...]

Let's hope by the end of today that the trans-gay couple have been released from prison.

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