|Courts & Tribunals
On 23 July 2013, judges in Yaoundé sentenced 48-year-old Joseph Omgbwa to two years in prison, while 19-year-old Nicolas Ntamack received a one-year term for committing homosexual acts. A third man, Seraphin Ntsama, suspected of committing homosexual acts was acquitted [R2.8].
On 07 January 2013, the Court of Appeals in Yaoundé acquitted Franky Djome and Jonas Singa Kumie, who were jailed under homophobic laws; based on their appearance and their enjoyment of drinking Bailey’s, have been released from prison [R2.7].
On 17 December 2012, the appeals court in Yaoundé upheld a three-year sentence against Jean-Claude Roger Mbédé, 32, found guilty of homosexual conduct for sending a text message to another man saying: “I’m very much in love with you” [R2.6].
On 21 September 2012, Franky Djome and Jonas Singa Kumie were sentenced to a five year prison term for being ‘perceived’ as gay by their manner of dressing and speaking [R2.5].
On 20 February 2012, in what is believed to be the first such case in the country, three women reportedly appeared in an Amdam Court, charged with practising homosexuality [R2.4].
On 22 November 2011, three men, arrested for allegedly having oral sex in a car but whose lawyer says were arrested for looking female, were sentenced by the court in Yaoundé to five years prison and fined the maximum of 200,000 CFA francs (about $400; £260) [R2.3].
On 28 April 2011, the Court of First Instance in Yaoundé, Roger Jean-Claude Mbédé was found guilty of homosexuality and attempted homosexuality and sentenced to three years imprisonment for sending an SMS, declaring “I’m very much in love w/u,” to a man who then showed it to the authorities [R2.2].
In February 2006, a court in Cameroon jailed two men for a year after they confessed to having gay sex [R2.1].