Friday, August 10, 2007

18 Nigerians Charged With Sodomy

18 Nigerians Charged With Sodomy

Saturday August 11, 2007 12:01 AM

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) - Eighteen men face charges of sodomy in a Nigerian Islamic court after they were arrested while allegedly preparing to take part in a gay wedding, state media reported.

Gay sex is illegal across Nigeria, and defendants convicted under the Muslim code, called Shariah, may face death by stoning. However, no Shariah court-ordered execution has been carried out since the Islamic law was implemented in 12 northern Nigeria states seven years ago.

The 18 men were arrested on Aug. 5 in remote northern Bauchi state, where they were found with women's apparel as they prepared for a gay wedding, Nigeria's state news agency reported.

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