At least nine Cameroonians suspected of LGBT have been arrested in Western Cameroon.

According to a police officer, two of them are still in custody. The other 7 were freed.

An officer spoke to media in the town of Bafoussam, where the 9 men were arrested, on condition of anonymity.

LGBT practices are prohibited in Cameroon. The law of the country provides sentences ranging from 6 months to 5 years in prison and a fine up to 200 000 FCF or 300 euros against anyone who was sex with someone of the same sex.

The latest detention of suspects comes following two transgender people who were arrested in Douala on 8 February 2021. Their trial is scheduled to resume on March 10.