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Egyptian court slashes prison sentence in homosexuality case

Homosexuality is not criminalised by Egyptian law, though prosecutors have often tried gay men under laws against “debauchery,” “immorality” or “contempt of religion”

Ahram Online , Sunday 29 May 2016
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A file photo showing two men during their trial for homosexuality in 2001 (AFP)
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A Giza court slashed Sunday prison sentences against 11 accused of homosexuality from 12 years to one year while one defendant was acquitted.

In April, 11 men were sentenced to terms of up to 12 years in prison over charges of “inciting debauchery” after they were arrested at a rented apartment in Giza for allegedly committing homosexual acts.

Sunday's verdict can be appealed by the defendants.

Homosexuality is not explicitly criminalised by Egyptian law, though prosecutors have often tried gay men under laws against “debauchery,” “immorality” or “contempt of religion.”

 

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