4 Men Jailed For Homosexuality In Egypt


The men were accused of attending or arranging deviant sex parties.

 

The convicts were also accused of dressing in women's clothes and wearing make-up.

 

Egyptian law does not explicitly ban homosexual acts, but prosecutors have used legislation banning debauchery to try homosexuals.

 

US-based Human Rights First group said it was "alarmed and disappointed" in the verdicts.

 

The group said that since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013, there has been a rise in the number of arrests of people based on their sexual orientation.

 

The latest case echoes that of the mass trial in 2001 of 52 men accused of homosexual acts and other offences under Egyptian law.

 

Twenty-three of the men were sentenced to up to five years in jail with hard labor.

 

A leading Egyptian human rights group said the severe sentences the men received on Monday were part of an ongoing crackdown on personal freedoms.

 

By Angel Mboya

Source: BBC News

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