Botswana high court decriminalises homosexuality

Judge Michael Elburu "set aside" the "provisions of a Victorian era" and ordered the laws be amended.

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GABORONE - Botswana becomes the 19th country in the continent to decriminalise homosexuality.

Botswana's high court, in a highly-anticipated verdict, on Tuesday ruled to decriminalise homosexuality, which is outlawed under the country's 1965 penal code.

Judge Michael Elburu "set aside" the "provisions of a Victorian-era" and ordered the laws be amended.