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Malawi: religious leaders equate homosexuality to satanism

Sunday 30 May 2010, by siawi2

The President of Malawi pardons jailed gay couple

A gay couple who were jailed in Malawi have been pardoned by President Bingu wa Mutharika.
Mr Mutharika, speaking as UN chief Ban Ki-moon visited Lilongwe, said he had ordered their immediate release.
Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 20, were given 14-year jail terms after being convicted of gross indecency and unnatural acts.
The case has sparked international condemnation and a debate about homosexuality in the country.
Mr Ban said he welcomed the president’s decision.
Correspondents say Malawi is a deeply conservative society where religious leaders equate same-sex liaisons with Satanism.
Mr Mutharika has himself dismissed homosexuality as alien.
But aid donors and human rights groups have been putting pressure on his government to respect the rights of minority groups.