There are efforts to support a British man who was arrested after he was ‘outed’ by a notoriously homophobic Ugandan tabloid.
Retired banker Bernard Randall, who lives in Uganda, believes that robbers who broke into his home found a gay pornographic video on his laptop and passed it on the Red Pepper newspaper.
The tabloid then published an explicit front page report titled Exposed – Top City Tycoons Sodomy Sex Video Leaks.
The 65-year-old Randall was arrested with a friend earlier this month and has been charged with “trafficking obscene publications,” which carries a seven year jail sentence.
Local newspapers say that he appeared in court with the Ugandan man and that they underwent medical tests to asses if they had sex. It remains unclear if the men will also be charged with homosexuality.
“Our worst fear is that we go out and there’s a mob that does something naughty to us – beats us up or even kills us,” Randall told ITV.
In 2011, LGBT activist David Kato was murdered after he was outed by the same newspaper.
A Facebook page has been set up to support Randell.
Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Uganda, with penalties including life imprisonment. The country’s pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill could add the death penalty as an additional punishment for repeat “offenders”.