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Uganda gay sex trial: British man’s case adjourned

A 65-year-old retired banker facing charges of 'trafficking obscene materials' will have to wait until next year to discover his fate
Bernard Randall, 65, is on trial for trafficking obscene materials in Uganda.

A British man accused after pictures of him having gay sex will have to wait until next year to discover his fate.

The Ugandan court has delayed the trial of a 65-year-old Bernard Randall, charged with ‘trafficking obscene publications’ for the third time.

He claims his laptop computer was stolen after images of him in bed with another man were published in the notorious homophobic tabloid newspaper Red Pepper.

Randall’s trial has been postponed to 22 January.

He says the reason why is because the file nor the prosecutor is at the court, saying he was happy over the delay because the alleged laptop thieves will go on trial first.

‘If they are found guilty then it means that what I said is true, they robbed me, so (there was) no trafficking on my part,’ the AFP said.

Randall faces a two-year sentence if convicted but could also be deported from Uganda.

Earlier this month, a former politician launched a campaign to drum up support for the delayed ‘Kill The Gays’ bill.

While Uganda already punishes LGBTs with life imprisonment for having gay sex, the new law would mean they would face the death penalty if they were a ‘repeat offender’.

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