Ugandan activist denied bail; potential life sentence

Published: November 18, 2013

Ugandan police have released three suspects arrested in connection with an anti-gay raid last week on the home of LGBT rights activist Sam K. Ganafa, but Ganafa himself remains in jail.

All four are charged with “unnatural offenses,” which are punishable by as much as a life sentence.
Ganafa is executive director of Spectrum Uganda Initiatives, which has used his home as its office for the past eight years. He is also a telecommunications company executive and board chair for the Sexual Minorities Uganda coalition.
Activists said Ganafa has opened his home to many homeless LGBTI persons over the years and that one of them recently turned on him and filed a complaint against him to police.
The three men were released on police bond until a court appearance scheduled for Nov. 20. Ganafa’s request for bail was postponed by a magistrate who said he was too busy to deal with the request until he returns to court next Monday, Nov. 25.
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