Uganda sex video charges for British man

A British man in Uganda has been charged over possession of a video depicting a "sexual act".

Bernard Randell was arrested earlier this month and appeared before magistrates with a Ugandan man who was charged with "procuring another person to commit acts of gross indecency".

The UK Foreign Office said it was aware of the arrest.

Ugandan prosecutors have denied local media reports that the charges related to "homosexual acts".

Same sex relationships are illegal in the east African country, where politicians have proposed introducing the death penalty as punishment.

Consular assistance

Mr Randell and Ugandan Albert Cheptheptoyet were released on bail until 18 November after after appearing at Entebbe Magistrates' Court - 25 miles (40km) from capital Kampala.

The British man's lawyer confirmed he had been charged with trafficking an obscene publication.

A press officer for the the Ugandan Directorate of Public Prosecutions denies an account in the local Daily Monitor newspaper of the pair's court appearance.

The paper quoted state prosecutor Ivan Kyazze, who reportedly told the court the men had been subjected to "medical tests" which confirmed they had engaged in "homosexual acts".

But the prosecutor's office told the BBC that whether or not homosexuality was involved, they were not being charged with that crime.

The UK Foreign Office said: "We are aware of the arrest of a British national on 19 October in Uganda and are providing consular assistance."

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