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Zimbabwean LGBT Advocate Found Not Guilty of Porn Charges

Jim Burroway

July 26th, 2010

Ignatius Muhambi, an accountant for Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ), who was arrested with fellow GALZ advocate Ellen Chademana during the raid last May, was found not guilty of possessing pornography. Muhambi’s lawyer Jeremiah Bamu, told AFP. “The prosecution failed to establish a case against him at the close of their submissions on Friday and the magistrate acquitted him.” Prosecutors have never described the nature of the allegedly “indecent material.”

Buhambi and Chademana were arrested in May and held in police detention for a full week before they were finally released on bail. The two allegedly suffered torture while in policy custody. Initially the pair was also accused of insulting Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, but that charge was never formally filed.  Chademana is expected to appear in court separately on Monday.

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