Egypt: 4 sentenced to 3-8 years on gay sex charges

Published: April 8, 2014

 Agence France-Presse reports via Al Arabiya News:

 
A court in Egypt sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison on Monday for practicing homosexuality, a judicial official said.
 
Prosecutors had accused the men of holding “deviant parties” and dressing in women’s clothes. Three were sentenced to eight years and the fourth to three years in prison.
 
Egyptian police typically arrest LGBT people on charges of “sexual immorality” or “debauchery” because the country does not have a law explicitly banning homosexual activity.
 
In recent months, police have staged at least two widely publicized raids against allegedly LGBT people.
 
Police arrested 10 people on Nov. 5 on homosexuality-related charges in a  Cairo suburb.
 
In early October 2013, police arrested 14 men for allegedly engaging in gay sex at a gym/sauna in a working-class district of Cairo.
 
BuzzFeed reported:
 
An activist who works with the city’s LGBTQ community said the men had attended a party in an apartment that doubled as a meeting point for their community when they were arrested.
 
“Police have been increasingly targeting us in areas in which we were previous safe,” said Ahmed, who asked to be quoted only by his first name due to fears over his own safety. “These areas that we could previously go to and gather and police would turn the other way, now they are coming to arrest us there.”
Full text of article available at link below –

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *