|Courts & Tribunals
On 22 August 2015, BBCnews reported that a court in Dakar jailed seven men for six months after they were found guilty of homosexuality, police having caught the men having sex during a raid [R2.8].
On 31 July 2015, Tamsir Jupiter Ndiaye a well-known Senegalese journalist was sentenced Friday to six months in prison for acts of homosexuality. Ndiaye was sentenced in 2012 to 4 years in prison for acts of homosexuality, illegal possession of arms and battery. The sentence was later reduced to 2 years and he was paroled in 2013 [R2.7].
On 31 January 2014, two gay men from Dakar admitted to having sexual relations and Judge Racky Deme being found them guilty of committing ‘an improper or unnatural act with a person of the same sex’, sentencing both to six months in jail [R2.6].
On 24 October 2012, noted journalist and employee of UNESCO Jupiter Tamsir Ndiaye was sentenced to a four year prison term without parole, for having gay sex and causing grievous bodily harm to Matar Diop Diagne, who was convicted of committing ‘acts against nature’ and sentenced for a three year prison sentence without parole [R2.5].
In August 2009, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) reported that a 17-year-old boy was due to face trial for “acts against nature”. Two other men were convicted of identical charges on August 10th and were sentenced to two and five years in prison respectively [R2.4].
In April 2009, Dakar’s court of appeal ordered the convictions against nine men in Senegal who were sentenced to eight years in prison for “indecent conduct and unnatural acts” be overturned. It was argued that there was no material proof for the accusations, no specific complainant had filed charges against the men and that the time of their arrests (after 10pm) was illegal [R2.3].
In January 2009, the jailing in Senegal of nine gay men for eight years over “indecent conduct and unnatural acts” was condemned by an international gay rights group [R2.2].
In August 2008, a 61-year-old Belgian and his 63-year-old Senegalese husband were sentenced to two years in jail for “homosexual marriage and acts against nature” [R2.1].