A Cameroon government official has rejected claims by a gay man seeking asylum in the United Kingdom that he would be persecuted if forced to return to his home country.
Though homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon and punishable by up to three years in prison, Cameroon's communications minister, Issa Tchiroma, said during a Wednesday appearance on the BBC's Network Africa, "What I can emphasize is the fact that no homosexual is persecuted in Cameroon."
The asylum seeker, Tchiroma asserted, was falsely claiming persecution in his case.
On Wednesday the U.K. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Cameroon man's asylum request, one that was previously denied.
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