Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Buggering the Law, Canada Style

A truly odd case continues in Canada according to Xtra. One of the lasting legacies of the British Empire is our export of homophobic laws across the globe. Many of the laws in Asia, Africa and North America that gay rights activists trial to repeal today owe much of their existence one way or another to dear old blighty. What a bang up job we did.

Anyhow, this latest story involved Canada's old buggery laws being used against Roger Brazin - a retired army chaplain - for allegedly committing offences against minors decades ago. According to Xtra, since sexual assault has no statute of limitation, Bazin was charged with buggery even though it is no longer considered a crime in Canada. The story goes on to say that 'there isn’t a simple yes or no answer as to whether the buggery charges are retroactive, says Bruce MacGregor, DND’s director of military justice and policy'.

it's not clear why they even sought to charge him with such an old (and now repealed) law. It's a real mess, as Xtra goes on to explain. This one will be proving a headache for constitutional lawyers!

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