Hate crime against gay man from Cameroon case dismissed

SEATTLE (AP) — A hate crime case in Seattle involving a gay man from Cameroon has been dismissed and the people charged say they were blindsided by the 2018 arrests. The Seattle Times reports police said a man was attacked after the man’s house guest released intimate photos of him and his husband to members of the Cameroon community. Rodrigue Fodjo-Kamdem and Christian Djoko were arrested but denied that they’d assaulted him or participated in a smear campaign against the man who, like them, had come to the U.S. from Cameroon, where homosexuality is illegal. The criminal case against them and a third co-defendant, Marie Fanyo-Patchou was transferred to U.S. District Court in Seattle. Those charges were dismissed last week.