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Uganda trial on published gay images is postponed

Briton Bernard Randall Photo: AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie
Bernard Randall
Photo: AP Photo/Rebecca Vassie

ENTEBBE, Uganda (AP) — The trial in Uganda of a British man arrested after images of him having gay sex were published has been postponed until December.

Bernard Randall faces up to two years in prison if convicted of trafficking in obscene publications. The charge against Randall resulted from the theft of his laptop computer. Images on the laptop were later published in a tabloid newspaper.

Homosexuality is illegal under Ugandan laws and gay leaders say their community is often persecuted.

On Monday Randall’s lawyer, Annette Bada, told a Ugandan court that she needed access to prosecution evidence in order to mount a defense. A judge granted the request and set a new court date of Dec. 4.

Randall told journalists that he is innocent but is worried about the court proceedings.

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