YaoundÃ©, capital of Cameroon
Three men have reportedly been arrested for allegedly having sex in a car in Cameroon, where homosexuality is illegal and punishable by jail time.
According to the Cameroon Tribune, the incident took place on the night and early morning of the 26th and 27th July in the capital YaoundÃ©.
Police noticed a car zigzagging on the road. They pursued the vehicle and when it stopped they found three men – N. Hilaire (36), S. Jonas, or “Dolores” (19), and Franky D, or “Naomie” (20) – in the car and engaged in “sex” and “sexual touching”.
The Tribune said that at least one of the men was dressed in women’s clothing. Matters were made worse when one of the suspects allegedly tried to bribe the officers.
Two of the men are said to be in jail awaiting trial, set for August 18th, reports African Activist.
In June, Amnesty International highlighted the plight of Jean-Claude Roger Mbede who was jailed for three years in Cameroon for being gay.
According to Amnesty, homophobia is endemic in Cameroonian society and the arrests, prosecutions and trials of gay men occur on a regular basis.