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Malawi’s same sex marriages case adjourned to next month

Wim Akster, a Dutch national

The High Court in Malawi has adjourned proceedings in the same-sex law case until late next month.

The adjournment is to allow all the parties to make both written and oral submissions in the case.

Wim Akster, a Dutch national and Jana Gonani want the Court which is sitting as a Constitutional Court to allow same-sex unions.

The State, supported by faith groups who joined the case as friends of the court, has been objecting to the claimants’ demands.

Before the adjournment of the case, the Attorney General (AG) Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda re-examined a State witness, lawyer Samson Chisanga, who is a State prosecutor at State Advocate Chambers in Blantyre.

This followed a cross-examination by Akstar’s lawyer, Bob Chimkango.

Three High Court Judges, namely Joseph Chigona, Chimbizgani Kacheche and Vikochi Chima, are presiding over the case.

Homosexuality is an offense in Malawi and punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 14 years.

However, civil society organizations have voiced concerns about discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) individuals in the country.

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