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Vietnam man arrested for gay sex in Burundi released

Vietnam man arrested for gay sex in Burundi released

A Vietnamese man arrested for gay sex in Burundi has been released after paying a fine of 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

The man was released on 19 September, 76 Crimes reported, citing Burundian human rights group Movement for Individual Liberties (MOLI).

He was the first person convicted under the African country’s 2009 anti-gay law, which punishes ‘sexual relations with a person of the same sex’ with three months to two years in jail and a fine of 50,000 ($32) to 100,000 Burundian francs ($65).

The man was arrested after he was caught with a Burundian partner, who is still being sought by police.

MOLI said there were several procedural and legal flaws in the handling of the case.

The man was arrested after he was reported by a former partner and may have been detained on an allegation, rather than for being caught in the act as the law requires.

This case was also handled by a court in Karuzi that lacks the authority to act on cases involving punishments of up to two years in jail.