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Uganda to deport British man charged with having sex with another man

Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Rebecca Vassie, APBriton Bernard Randall, 65, stands in a holding cell after a court hearing which ordered him to be deported, at the Chief Magistrates court in Entebbe, Uganda Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Rebecca Vassie, AP
Briton Bernard Randall, 65, stands in a holding cell after a court hearing which ordered him to be deported, at the Chief Magistrates court in Entebbe, Uganda Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan court on Wednesday ordered the deportation of a British man facing criminal charges related to images of him having sex with another man.

A lawyer for Bernard Randall said prosecutors were using the excuse of an expired visa to seek Randall’s deportation after failing to find evidence against him in the criminal case. Lawyer Francis Onyango said his client traveled to Uganda on a tourist visa that expired after his passport was stolen.

Jane Kajuga, a spokeswoman for Uganda’s directorate of prosecutions, said prosecutors dropped the case but did not explain why.

Randall, 65, likely will be flown out of the country on Thursday after a magistrate ordered his immediate deportation, police commander Edgar Nyabongo told The Associated Press.

The Briton was charged last year with trafficking in obscene material. His laptop computer was stolen from his home and photos on the computer showing him have sex with another man were sent to a Ugandan newspaper that published them. That led to the charges.

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Randall will be the second foreigner deported from the East African country over alleged homosexual offenses. Last year the British producer of a gay-themed play was deported after being jailed for staging the play without official authorization. Such authorization is not usually required to stage a play.

Homosexuality is criminalized in Uganda, where lawmakers last month passed a new bill that prescribes life imprisonment for “aggravated” homosexual acts. The bill, which appears to have wide support among Ugandans, has been opposed by the president, who says it is too harsh.

Rights groups have condemned the bill, saying it is draconian.

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8 more reader comments:

  1. If there is any silver lining here, I would think it would be a free trip OUT of Uganda. I cannot imagine how frightening it must be to live there now.

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:28pm
  2. At least they didn’t stone him to death

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 4:29pm
  3. If its not enough to be “charged” with homosexuality as a crime but to be humiliated and embarassed in a newspaper. These people in this country disgust me. This man should be happy the way he is able to exit from this disturbing country…what a mess. My heart goes out to our community living in fear in this country. I “hope” not “pray” because im an athiest and for a very good variety of reasons but anyway I hope that someday things will be diffrent but I hope our people stay safe over there :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:16pm
  4. Good, get him the eff outta there!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 5:29pm
  5. so glad he is getting deported !!! Thanks God bring him to Canada where he will be treated equitably

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:14pm
  6. Ok this is getting out of hand over in Uganda. It really is people in that part of the world who are LGBT are facing danderous times and Uganda needs to realize the real damage they are doing to it’s citizens!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:46pm
  7. Awful and evil homophobic regime it was interracial love not just sex fight bigotry!

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:59pm
  8. Wow

    Posted on Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 8:03pm