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Malawi suspends laws against homosexual relationships

6 November 2012 Last updated at 01:58 GMT

Malawi has suspended laws against same-sex relationships pending a decision on whether to repeal the legislation, the justice minister has said.

Police have been ordered not to arrest or prosecute homosexuals until parliament has debated the issue, said Ralph Kasambara.

At present, homosexual acts carry a maximum sentence of 14 years in jail.

Kimberley Soekov reports.