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Police: Hate crime committed against gay man from Cameroon

November 21, 2018

SEATTLE (AP) — Police say a man was attacked outside his Seattle apartment and that his mother was also assaulted in Cameroon after the man’s house guest released intimate photos of him and his husband to members of the Cameroon community.

The Seattle Times reports Christian Djoko of Bothell and Rodrigue Fodjo-Kamden of Lynnwood were charged last week with the state’s hate-crime statute, malicious harassment, for allegedly assaulting the victim because of his sexual orientation.

Both men are members of the local Cameroon community. Homosexuality is illegal in the Central African county.

Jail records say Fodjo-Kamden was arrested and has posted bail.

Djoko was arrested Saturday and remains jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail.

It wasn’t immediately known if they had attorneys.

Charging papers say the house guest who stole the victim’s cellphone and posted photos of him and his husband to social-media sites remains at large.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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