Senegal: Seven men jailed for six months, guilty of homosexuality

Seven men have been jailed for six months in Senegal, after they were found guilty of homosexual acts. Homosexual acts are banned in the West African country. It is punishable by up to five years in prison and fines of up to $2,500 (£1,500).

Defence lawyer, Abdoul Daff, said the mother's failure to appear in court should have caused the case to collapse. "There was neither material evidence nor testimony in order to corroborate the claims," he added.

Gay rights activist Djamil Bangoura from the group Prudence said he was disappointed by the verdict: "It is such a pity to see these Senegalese men condemned in front of everyone just because they are gay."  Read More via the BBC