A gay man in Cameroon who was sentenced to three years in prison for sending a text message to another man saying “I’m very much in love with you,” and later released to seek medical attention for a hernia, has died.
Roger Jean-Claude Mbede, 34, died Friday roughly one month after his family removed him from the hospital where he had been seeking treatment for a hernia, lawyer Alice Nkom said.
“His family said he was a curse for them and that we should let him die,” she said.
Mbede was arrested in March 2011 in connection with the text message and convicted the following month under a Cameroonian law that imposes up to five years in prison for homosexual acts. He received a three-year sentence.
Heartbreaking….His family should be ashamed of themselves.
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