Gavin Williamson seeks protection for gay soldiers in Brunei

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The defense secretary has asked Brunei for assurances that gay British troops in the state will not be affected by its draconian new anti-LGBT laws.

Gavin Williamson said yesterday that the UK was intervening at the “highest levels” after the southeast Asian sultanate made adultery and gay sex offences punishable by death by stoning.

“The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has immediately started discussions with the government of Brunei to discuss this because we want to ensure that they do not affect our service personnel in any way whatsoever,” Mr Williamson said.

The defense secretary was unveiling a new center for training soldiers in “human security”, demonstrated by soldiers from 4 Scots TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER RICHARD POHLE

The UK has had a contingent of Gurkhas in Brunei since the 1960s. About 2,000 personnel are based there as part of a five-year agreement that expires next spring.

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