Kenya: 2 men challenge constitutionality of anal probe

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NAIROBI, Kenya — A lawyer says she has submitted the arguments during the first day of a hearing where two men are seeking a Kenyan court ruling to stop enforced anal examinations of men accused of being gay.

Sande Ligunya, said Wednesday she argued the anal exams infringe on the right to privacy and the right to a fair trial. She said her clients were arrested in a bar near Ukunda along Kenya’s Indian Ocean coast in February 2015 on suspicion of engaging in gay sex which is a criminal offense in Kenya. She said the men were forced to undergo anal examinations after a magistrate ordered a medical examination. Ligunya says the attorney general is expected to respond to their petition on May 12.

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