Two transgender women were Jailed in Cameroon for ‘attempted homosexuality’

Two transgender women have been sentenced to five years in prison in Cameroon for ‘attempted homosexuality’.

A local social media celebrity known as Shakiro, who is also identified as Loic Njeukam, and Patricia, also identified as Roland Mouthe, were jailed on Tuesday for a variety of offences.

It was gathered that Shakiro had been arrested several times and released before this sentencing.

The two received the maximum sentence of five years in prison and fines of 200,000 CFA francs ($372.44), their lawyers told Reuters.

Besides “attempted homosexuality,” they were convicted of public indecency and failing to carry identification.

Besides “attempted homosexuality,” they were convicted of public indecency and failing to carry identification.

“This is a political decision,” said one of the lawyers, Alice Nkom, who vowed to appeal the verdict.

“It’s Yaounde (the central government) that said these people must not bring homosexuality to Cameroon.” she added.