Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were arrested by police on 28 December, 2009, in Blantyre, two days after holding an engagement ceremony in Malawi’s Chir i mba township.
"This sentence sends a strong and unacceptable message that discrimination is le gally justified in the Malawi justice system," Michelle Kagari, deputy Africa programme director at AI, said in a statement.
"Monjeza and Chimbalanga should never have been arrested or prosecuted. That the y have been sentenced to 14 years in jail with hard labour is an outrage."
The defendants have reportedly been subjected to torture and other ill-treatment. They told their lawyers that they were beaten by police while in custody, AI c h arged.
"We will continue to campaign on this matter and work tirelessly to see that the y are released unconditionally and as soon as possible," Kagari added.
Amnesty International adopted the men as prisoners of conscience and has repeate dly called for their immediate and unconditional release.
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