Gay tourists face 14 years in jail


Barcelona – Two Spanish tourists who have been detained on charges of making homosexual advances at two taxi drivers in the Gambia face up to 14 years in prison for violating the principles of Islam, says the gay organisation FAGC.

The Spaniards were being held at a police station in the coastal resort of Kotu. They were arrested on Friday after the taxi drivers reported them to police.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh had threatened to “cut off the head” of any homosexual caught in the touristic West African country.

The Spaniards were receiving visits from the Spanish consul to Gambia, who gave them his “full support”, said sources of the Foreign Ministry in Madrid.