15 Men Arrested In Gambia for Homosexuality

BY Josh Hinkle

April 11 2012 3:40 PM ET

Fourteen Gambian men and one Senegalese man were arrested at a bar in Banjul, Gambia, on the suspicion of homosexuality.

Police raided the bar after reports of people "publicly displaying or promoting homosexual activities," a police official told the Agence France-Presse on the condition of remaining anonymous.

Homosexuality is illegal in Gambia. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has repeatedly spoken out against LGBT issues, making severe threats in 2008 against LGBT people that he later retracted.

The men have not been charged but charges will be made after a full investigation. Under Gambian law the men could face up to 14 years in prison if convicted.

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