Italy's Supreme Court, the Cassation, has ruled in favor of a homosexual man who fled Nigeria after his home was set on fire and his family killed. His asylum request had been rejected by an appeals court in Ancona.
The Italian Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Nigerian man who worked as a homosexual prostitute in Nigeria and fled his country after his home was set on fire and his family killed because one of his clients had died while they were together.
The interior ministry, in a decision upheld by an appeals court in Ancona, had rejected his application for international and humanitarian protection on the grounds that his life could not be considered particularly at risk, despite the growing insecurity and terror attacks in Nigeria.
Appeals court to review case
The Cassation ruled that the court in Ancona did not "evaluate the substantial 'coherence' and 'plausibility' of the report" made by the migrant, known as Famous A., "nor did it evaluate that homosexuality was considered a crime in Nigeria, which constitutes a grave interference in the private lives of homosexual citizens and greatly compromises their personal freedom, putting them in an objective situation of danger that justifies granting international protection."
At the Cassation's request, the appeals court in Ancona will now have to examine his asylum request again, including "all the necessary documents" to get an updated report on the situation in Nigeria. In the picture a court room of the Cassazione in Rome - archive/ANSA