Kampala – A court in Uganda granted bail on Friday to 36 people who were nabbed attending a gay couple wedding in Nansana, a Wakiso municipality suburb in May 2021.
The most of them gay men, held for days after what police said was a raid on a same-sex wedding that violated coronavirus rules.
The group were charged with engaging in activities likely to spread an infectious disease for breaking coronavirus rules at a same-sex wedding in a suburb of Kampala.
A source in the operation revealed that several others fled that Nansana same-sex wedding raid and were wanted by Police authorities.
Charles Twiine, CIID Spokesperson, revealed that the suspected nabbed were found “dressed like women” on arrest.
“Joint security team has arrested 36 men from Nansana all putting on like women, with hair wigs and makeup at a wedding party of a guy couple,” said Twiine.
He added: “The arrested will be charged for doing a negligent act likely to spread an infectious disease, for they did not follow SOPS.”
The arrested were held for days before being produced in court and granted bail.
The defendants did not appear in court because of COVID-19 restrictions. Adrian Juuko, a lawyer for some of the defendants, he and other lawyers for the group had begun processing their release from jail after Friday’s hearing.
Same-sex intercourse is illegal in Uganda, and President Yoweri Museveni has campaigned against gays.
Although the government has typically held back from prosecuting people solely over their sexuality, many LGBT+ Ugandans, facing ostracism and threats, allegedly live in shelters funded by rights groups.
In 2014, Uganda’s parliament provoked an international outcry by passing a law imposing a life sentence for certain categories of same-sex intercourse. That law was voided by a court ruling.