Homosexuality still haram in 2014: 11 Muslim men may be stoned to death in Nigeria for being gay
An Islamic court in Nigeria is trying 11 Muslim men, who face death by stoning for allegedly having same-sex relationships, a religious leader said.
President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, tightening laws against same-sex marriages, gay groups and shows of same-sex public affection earlier this month.
Under Sharia law, those convicted of homosexuality can be stoned to death.
A 12th person -- a Christian -- is being tried under secular law.
"What this act is saying is that they [gay people] do not deserve to exist," Dorothy Aken-Ova, a human rights activist, told the BBC.
Jibrin Danlami Hassan, a commissioner of Bauchi state's Sharia Commission, said the accused were arrested by residents of Bauchi.
"They accept that they are doing that dirty game," he said of the accused.