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Uganda’s Death Penalty Remains Firmly In Place

Jim Burroway

May 12th, 2011

MP David Bahati

Warren Throckmorton appears to have confirmed what the Human Rights Commission has warned about earlier today, that the report from the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee recommends that in the Clause 3 defining “aggravated homosexuality” and which specifies that “A person who commits the offence of aggravated homosexuality shall be liable on conviction to suffer death,” that the phrase “suffer death” should be replaced with “the penalty provided for aggravated defilement under Section 129 of the Penal Code Act.”

And what is that penalty for “aggravated defilement” (which, by the way, deals with child molestation, a law that is already gender neutral)? That section of the penal code specifies that anyone who “commits a felony called aggravated defilement and is, on conviction by the High Court, liable to suffer death.”

In other words, the death penalty is being replaced with — the death penalty under subterfuge.

Which means that when MP David Bahati, sponsor of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, told NPR just this very morning that the committee had recommended that the death penalty be removed, that he was lying before his god and his country.

Of course, such evil should come as no surprise to anyone who’s been paying attention.

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anteros
May 12th, 2011 | LINK

crafty and deceitful. may bahati’s bill crash with a big bang today.

Lindoro Almaviva
May 12th, 2011 | LINK

well, i hope NPR was informed so they can run a correction tomorrow.

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