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Gay man from Cameroon allegedly attacked after his private photos were posted online

Gay man from Cameroon allegedly attacked after his private photos were posted online

A gay man from Cameroon living in Seattle was attacked after private photos of himself and his husband were posted online.

After the man’s former house guest released intimate photos of the victim and his husband to members of the region’s Cameroon community, two men attacked him outside his North Seattle apartment on 21 October.

Moreover, the victim’s mother, who still lives in Cameroon, was assaulted. She had her house destroyed, according to police and prosecutors.

Same-sex sexual intercourse is illegal in Cameroon. Those prosecuted can face 5 years imprisonment and fine or vigilante executions.

Police charged two men with the hate crime

According to The Seattle Times, Christian Djoko, 27, of Bothell, and Rodrigue Fodjo-Kamden, 32, of Lynnwood were each charged last week with malicious harassment. They allegedly ambushed the victim outside his house and assaulted him because of his sexual orientation, charging papers say.

Jails records show that police arrested Fodjo-Kamden on 3 November. He spent two days in jail before posting bail. Furthermore, police arrested Djoko on Saturday 17 November. He remains jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

A friend of the victim leaked his private pictures online

The victim, who reported the alleged hate crime to police the next day, told officers he had let a female friend from Cameroon stay with him and his husband when she moved to Seattle in December last year. He confided in her that he is gay, the charges say.

The woman ‘constantly told him he needed to change from being gay’. She began releasing the victim’s private photos in August and moved out in September, say charging papers.

The female house guest who allegedly stole the victim’s mobile phone and sent private text messages and photos of the man and his husband to the victim’s relatives and then posted them to various social media remains at large. She also posted the couple’s marriage certificate. The charging papers say she has moved to Washington, D.C.

In one Facebook post, the woman allegedly used an anti-LGBTI slur. She wrote the victim ‘needs to kill himself after writing his will,’ say the charges.

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