Malawi has halted the enforcement of laws that criminalize same-sex relationships after comments made by the country’s Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara.
According to Reuters, Kasambara, who is also the Attorney General, said he wanted to have a debate on the issue before parliament decided whether to keep the laws or not.
“If we continue arresting and prosecuting people based on the said laws and later such laws are found to be unconstitutional it would be an embarrassment to government,” Kasambara told Reuters.
“It is better to let one criminal get away with it rather than throw a lot of innocent people in jail.”
At the moment, those convicted of homosexual acts can be imprisoned by up to 14 years.
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