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Verdict Delayed for Gay Malawi Couple


Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, the gay Malawi couple that expected to hear the verdict against them today for holding an engagement ceremony in December, instead heard they would receive a full trial in April.

According to the BBC, in a courtroom packed for the hearing on Monday, a judge in Malawi told the men they will be allowed to call defense witnesses.

Chimbalanga and Monjeza face a maximum of 14 years in prison for charges of "gross indecency" in what is considered a test case for gay rights in Malawi. They have already spent three months in jail since being arrested.

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