Bahati,Ssempa Face Possible ICC Arrest over Anti-Gay Bill

Published: September 16, 2013

Ndorwa West Member of Parliament David Bahati whose name is now a household item after he authored the Anti-homosexuality bill that is before Uganda’s parliament is set to join the list of Africans facing trial at the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

According to GAYSTAR NEWS, an online publication, the ICC is considering the prospect of arresting Bahati, Pastor Martin Ssempa and Giles Muhame.
Magembe Norman, a Ugandan gay rights activist, filed a complaint calling for the arrest of the three so called ‘extremist anti-gay spokespeople’ and the ICC has responded.
he subjects of the complaint are Uganda MP David Bahati, Pastor Martin Ssempa and Rolling Stone editor Giles Muhame.
According to details of the communication, the ICC said they were ‘analysing the situation’ provided and will consider whether there is reasonable basis to believe the crimes have been committed and the gravity of the crimes.
Norman said he felt ‘very optimistic’ his complaint would succeed.
‘From the first time I got my fingers on the keyboard to type this complaint, I had no single grain of doubt, the only thing on my mind was “keep on writing”, you’ll achieve what you want and that feeling keeps on growing every day.’
Norman said he wanted to bring this to the world stage to ensure Bahati, Ssempa and Muhamel are punished for their crimes against humanity.
‘It serves as a warning to the others that persecution of LGBTs is a criminal offense and they will never get away with it,’ Norman said.
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