Two men, who were legally married in Belgium, have been jailed in Senegal for “homosexual marriage and acts against nature.”

Richard Lambot (61) a Belgian national and Moustapha Gueye (63) from Senegal were married in Belgium in July after which they returned to the African country.

According to the men’s lawyer, the couple have been senteced to two years in prison for being gay.

“This marriage was only intended to help Mr Gueye,” the lawyer said, suggesting that the two men married for Mr Gueye to receive Belgian citizenship and not because they are in a homosexual relationship.

While same-sex marriage is legal in Belgium, homosexual acts are illegal in Senegal punishable with up to five years imprisonment and a fine of 100,000 ($200) to 1,500,000 ($3,000) CFA francs.

Earlier this year, the release from jail of a number of men convicted of homosexuality led to public riots in the capital Dakar.

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