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Malawi gay couple pleads not guilty

Published:Wednesday | December 30, 2009 | 6:07 PM

A homosexual couple arrested in Malawi after getting engaged has pleaded not guilty to charges of gross public indecency.

Malawi police say Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza were arrested on Monday after they held a traditional engagement ceremony over the weekend.

Homosexuality in Malawi is illegal and carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

Prosecutors say they will send the pair to hospital to prove they had sex together.

The men also face three charges of unnatural practices between males.

Officials say Mr Monjeza has hinted that he may consider calling off the proposed wedding, as he’s being sent back to prison.