Convicted gay Malawi couple pardoned

Last week we posted about a gay Malawi couple convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison and hard labor for holding an engagement ceremony. The couple was convicted May 18 and sentenced on May 20.

Since then, Steven Mojenza was moved to a different prison on May 26 so that the couple would be separate. The following day, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, who has made anti-gay comments in the past, joined the long list of members of the international community condemning the sentence.

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Finally on May 29, after meeting with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika granted the couple full and unconditional pardons. The couple has not made their future intentions known.

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Homosexuality is still illegal in Malawi and there are others still serving prison sentences for being gay.

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Posted by Tyler DeVere

Tyler DeVere is a former editorial intern for QNotes.