Brit Jailed in Uganda for Being Gay

Bernard Randall, a British citizen, appears in the Entebbe Chief Magistrates Court on November 18, 2013 on charges of "trafficking obscene publications" after police found private pictures of him having sex with another man. The 65 year old retired pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing last month to the charges, which were brought after his laptop was stolen and films on the computer were handed to a Ugandan tabloid newspaper. The case was adjourned until December 4 to allow defence lawyers time obtain a copy of the evidence.         AFP PHOTO/ Isaac Kasamani

Brit Jailed in Uganda for Being Gay

For this retired, 65-year-old who was on holiday in Uganda the future is uncertain. Police officials arrested Bernard Randall for being gay after images of him engaging in sex with another man were leaked to the police.

Published November 20, 2013

For this retired, 65-year-old who was on holiday in Uganda, the future is uncertain. Police officials arrested Bernard Randall for being gay after images of him engaging in sex with another man were leaked to the police.  

In Uganda, homosexuality is a crime, and if found guilty Randall could be jailed for two years.   International human rights groups are protesting his arrest and are calling on Uganda's government for his immediate release.

The other man in the images with Randall is Ugandan Albert Cheptoyek; he was also arrested and detained. Talking to a BBC reporter, Randall described his experience as "horrifying."

In spite of international condemnation, the Ugandan parliament is seeking to increase penalties against gays. 

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(Photo: AFP PHOTO/Isaac Kasamani)

Written by Nikola Lashley

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