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Zambia gay rights activist trial is delayed

(Editor's note: Zambia is one of the 76 countries around the world where it is illegal to be gay. Discrimination against the LGBT community is widespread.)

LUSAKA, Zambia -- The high profile trial of prominent Zambian gay rights activist Paul Kasonkomona was delayed on Wednesday, after his lawyer argued the charges were vague and should be heard by the High Court.

Kasonkomona, 38, was arrested in April and charged with “soliciting for immoral purposes” after appearing on a live television programme where he argued for gay rights.

That was interpreted as promoting homosexuality.

Kasonkomona pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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