Court decision against alleged homosexuals ‘failure of justice’
The group said it was disappointing that the judge struck out the case, instead of dismissing it.
the charges against the defendants, citing lack of “diligent prosecution” on the part of the prosecution.“For whatever reason, the prosecution is no more capable or not willing to prosecute this case,” Judge Rilwan Aikawa said in his ruling.But TIERs in its reaction after the ruling said it was disappointing that the judge struck out the case, instead of dismissing it.
“A dismissal means that the individuals are free of all charges and the case can’t be brought up again in any court of law,” the group said in a statement.“However, a strikeout means that they are free to go away now, but the police can arrest them again anytime in the future on these same charges.”
Phidelia Imiegha, the communications manager at TIERs, told PREMIUM TIMES they are exploring “many options right now” that is not specific to an appeal of the ruling, adding that the next step ultimately lies with the defendants.“Although we hoped for a dismissal and got a strike out instead, we are relieved that the innocent men can finally start to move on with their lives and pick up from where it was halted over two years ago. It’s important to reiterate that throughout the trial, no single evidence was brought forward by the police.”
In August 2018, armed police officers stormed a hotel in Egbeda, a suburb of Lagos, at around 2 a.m. and arrested 57 youth for alleged homosexual activity. Read more: Premium Times »
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