Malawi gays appeal conviction

Blantyre - Malawi's top court is considering an appeal of the conviction of three men who are serving long jail terms for homosexual acts. Activists describe it as a landmark case.

The High Court started hearing the case on Monday after the Center for Development of People, a civil rights group that campaigns for minority rights, challenged the government on its tough laws on gays.

Malawi President Joyce Banda. Credit: AFP

Gift Trapence, executive director of the civil rights group, wants the court to declare that the laws criminalizing homosexuality in Malawi are unconstitutional.

In 2011, a lower court in Malawi sentenced the three men to between six and 12 years imprisonment with hard labor.