Nigeria charge 53 over gay celebrations

Fifty-three people in northern Nigeria, have been charged with conspiring to celebrate a gay wedding.

The arrests took place last Saturday but those accused have denied the allegations, claiming they are being detained illegally. They have been released on bail pending their court appearance next month.

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Anyone convicted of homosexuality acts in the African nation, can be jailed for up to 14 years.

A gay rights campaigner who spoke to the accused claims they were attending a birthday party, not a wedding.

Being gay is a crime in Nigeria and often results in abuse and beatings for those who are thought to participate in gay or lesbian activities.

Even in prison, they is no sanctuary or respite for anyone convicted of homosexual pastimes.

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