Ugandan authorities have detained and plan to deport British gay play producer David Cecil back to the UK.
Taken away from his Ugandan wife and young child, Cecil is hoping to appeal against the court’s decision, according to a local news source.
It is unknown whether he will have to appeal from the UK or from Uganda.
Cecil was arrested last year for producing and staging a play in August 2012, featuring a gay businessman who is killed by his own employees.
It was performed eight times in small theaters before being banned by authorities for ‘implicitly promoting homosexual acts’ which are ‘contrary to the laws, cultural norms and values of Uganda.’
Cecil was charged on 13 September with two counts, including one of ‘disobeying lawful orders’. He was jailed for four nights before being released on bail.
The British producer’s plight caught the attention of campaigners around the world, with celebrities including Stephen Fry backing a petition which calls on the Ugandan government to stop his persecution and to uphold the right to freedom of expression.
Both male and female homosexual activity is illegal in Uganda – under its penal code ‘carnal knowledge against the order of nature’ between two males carries a potential penalty of life imprisonment.
The Ugandan parliament reconvened on Tuesday (5 February), where the ‘Kill The Gays’ bill remains on the list for debate and legislation. If it is passed, gay people could be sentenced to death for ‘aggravated homosexuality’.