Six youths accused of engaging in homosexual acts and capturing pornographic videos have been denied bail by the Grade One Magistrate’s Court in Jinja district, Uganda.
They include Geoffrey Ibanda, Sadic Wassajja, Sadat Kamya, Fabian Kalungi, Hamza Katamba and Brian Kiiza.
These were arrested from Mpumudde zone in Jinja, and were part of a sexual network that was grooming young boys into acts of sodomy and recruiting male adults into gay practices. They had allegedly recorded pornographic and sex videos and streamed live sessions, which they submitted to donors for funding.
Police say the youths were found with 192 Sackets of Lubricants, shirts and stags with LGBTQ Logos, a metallic banner of peace and comfort with the LGBTQ flag.
The court presided over by Grade One Magistrate Yafesi Ochieng denied the accused persons bail due to a lack of letters of support from their village councils, which provide authentic information about their places of abode.
The accused persons had presented 12 sureties before the court, but the prosecution requested tougher bail terms as they lacked clear documentation about their residences.
The court argued that the cases surrounding public morality had attracted public interest and, therefore, required the accused persons to identify their fixed places of abode.
They were remanded to Kirinya prison until May 10, 2023.