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Uganda court orders deportation of Briton in gay sex case

In this Wednesday, July 11, 2012 file photo, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni speaks during the London Summit on Family Planning organized by the UK Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with the United Nations Population Fund, in central London. (AP Photo/Carl Court, File, Pool)

KAMPALA: A retired British man at the center of a gay sex case in Uganda will be deported Wednesday, a court ruled.

"The court orders immediate deportation within 12 hours," of Bernard Randall, judge Hellen Ajio said.

An earlier charge of "trafficking obscene publications" against Randall was dropped.

An official from the prosecutor's office gave no reason for the change, but said Randall was being deported because he had "kept on corrupting Uganda's youth" and had not renewed his visa on time.

"Lies!" retorted Randall, although his lawyer, John Francis Onyango, said the ruling would not be appealed.

The lawyer had asked that his client be given five days in which to leave the country.

Officials at the court in Entebbe, outside Kampala, said police would accompany Randall to his home and allow him to collect his personal belongings before escorting him to the airport.

The charges were brought against Randall after his laptop was stolen and films on the computer were handed to a Ugandan tabloid newspaper.

A former computer systems expert who comes from Kent, southeast England, Randall first travelled to Uganda in 2011, shortly after his wife died just short of their 40-year wedding anniversary. He returned on holiday to Uganda in September.

Randall, who has two grown-up daughters, only came out as a homosexual after his wife's death.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. A law adopted by parliament last month but rejected by President Yoweri Museveni would have seen repeat homosexuals jailed for life.

 

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