Homosexual worker acquitted

Published: December 17, 2010

HARARE – A Harare court on Thursday acquitted a worker for the country’s homosexual the Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) on charges of possessing pornographic material.

The country’s Censorship and Entertainment Control Act prohibits the possession or distribution of pornographic material including pictures videos or magazines.

Dismissing the charges, Magistrate Ndirowei said the state had failed to prove that two pornographic pictures seized by the police during raid of the GALZ offices in May – where Chademana works as receptionist – where in her possession.

The pictures were seized from a cabinet at the reception area of the Harare offices of the GALZ, the only representative body for homosexual people in mainly conservative Zimbabwe.

“It was clear that the cabinet was accessible to all staff (at GALZ) and therefore difficult for the court to conclude (that Chademana was in possession of the photos),” Ndorowei ruled.

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