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MALAWI - Man on homosexuality rap

Published:Tuesday | February 16, 2010 | 12:00 AM

MALAWI (AP):

Police in Malawi say they've arrested a man in a sweep directed at homosexuals.

There's debate over gay rights in this conservative country, sparked by the trial of a gay couple charged with unnatural acts and gross indecency, felonies for which they could be imprisoned up to 14 years. Police spokesman Dave Chingwalu said the 60-year-old man arrested yesterday was charged with sodomy. The hunt, arrests and prosecution of homosexuals comes amid a growing local and international campaign for Malawi to "go easy" on gays and lesbians. A 21-year-old man was recently sentenced to two months' community service for posting pro-gay rights posters, and a senior minister expelled a woman from her town although she was acquitted of having sex with two girls.