Lusaka - The high profile trial of prominent Zambian gay
rights activist Paul Kasonkomona was delayed on Wednesday, after his lawyer
argued the charges were vague and should be heard by the High Court.
Kasonkomona, 38, was arrested last month and charged with
"soliciting for immoral purposes" after appearing on a live
television programme where he argued for gay rights.
That was interpreted as promoting homosexuality.
Kasonkomona pleaded not guilty to the charge.
His lawyer, Sunday Nkonde, argued in court Wednesday that
there was no clear legal definition of what constitutes "immoral
"We humbly pray that this is a fit and proper case for
reference to the high court of Zambia to determine the constitutionality of the
issues raised," Nkonde said.
Magistrate Lameck Ngambi adjourned the matter to June 4 to
allow the state to respond to the application by Kasonkomona's lawyers.
Kasonkomona's arrest outraged human rights groups, which had
been calling for his immediate release and for the "spurious" charges
against him to be dropped.
Homosexuality is outlawed in Zambia, as in most African
countries, and discrimination against gays and lesbians is rife.