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Forensics: Three suspects in Cairo alleged gay bathhouse were sexually assaulted

Three suspects among the 21 young men arrested at a Cairo bathhouse were found to be sexually assaulted according to Egypt's official forensics authority; the men were allegedly holding a gay sex party for money

Ahram Online , Monday 15 Dec 2014
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Egypt's forensics authority announced on Sunday that three suspects of "debauchery" arrested last Monday in a Cairo public bathhouse in security forces' raid on an alleged gay sex party were found to be victims of sexual assault as medical examinations indicate that unconsenual sexual relations took place.

Twenty-one men were arrested last Monday in a Cairo bathhouse allegedly for holding a gay sex party for money. 

Hisham Abdel Hameed, the official spokesperson of the forensics authority told Ahram Online that three of 21 young men arrested in the raid on Monday were sexually assaulted according to a medical examination. 

He also added that medical tests could not conclude whether the other 18 suspects were engaged in "homosexual acts" or not.

Although there is no law criminalisng homosexuality in Egypt, societal norms are not accepting of it.

The raid on the Cairo's public bathhouse generated a huge controversy in Egypt when private satellite television station Al-Qahera Wal Nas' host Mona El-Iraqi claimed in her show El-Mestakhab, that she and her investigative team were the ones who reported what was taking place in the bathhouse to the security forces.

The TV host was filmed while taking photos with her mobile phone of semi-naked men hiding their faces from her. Critics slammed El-Iraqi for a lack of professionalism and violation of ethical codes. El-Iraqi defended her position, claiming that she stressed "professionalism" in her investigation.

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