Wissam Tawfiq Abyad, a Prisoner of Conscience, was released on January 15, 2004. Wissam was arrested, detained and charged with "habitual debauchery" after he went to meet a contact he made at a gay website. Wissam's private conversations with the man over the Internet were used as evidence against him.
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Gambia: Demand that President Jammeh reject homophobic law
If signed, a new Criminal Code amendment in Gambia would increase the punishment for "aggravated homosexuality" to life in prison.
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