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Kenya arrests two men for gay sex

Kenya arrests two men for gay sex

Kenyan police last week arrested two men for gay sex.

George Njeri and Caleb Idris were arrested in Kwale county on Thursday (19 February) and reportedly told police they were a married couple, even though gay marriage is not recognized in the African country.

They were charged with ‘engaging in unnatural acts’ at Kwale law courts on Friday but did not plead to the charges pending investigations.

Gay sex is a crime in Kenya and punishable by five to 12 years in jail.

Prosecutor George Mungai requested a deferment as more suspects have yet to be arrested.

Police are also searching for four foreigners in the same county allegedly involved in the making and circulation of gay pornography with youths aged 14 to 25.

About 800 photos, many explicit, are circulating on social media after a group of drug addicts raided the house where the porn was shot following a police tip-off, sources told The Daily Star.

It is unclear how the two cases are connected.

Mungai also asked resident magistrate Christine Njagi to compel the two men to undergo medical exams.

The defendants’ lawyer said they did not recognize the arresting officers because they were in plain clothes.

‘They are ready to comply but police were harassing them, against their constitutional rights,’ he said.

Njagi said action will be taken against the officers. She remanded the two men into police custody until 24 February when they will make their pleas.