TV host Mona Iraqi acquitted of defaming men in Cairo bathhouse incident

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Jan 2016

The men who were accused of debauchery were acquitted in January 2015 due to a lack of evidence against them

Mona Iraqi
Snapshot from Al Kahera Wal Nas TV channel of Mona Iraqi

TV host Mona Iraqi was acquitted on Monday of charges of defaming and spreading lies about 26 men arrested in a bathhouse in the capital's centre after a Cairo court accepted her appeal against November's six-month sentence. 

The November sentence against Iraqi also included a LE1,000 bail and a LE10,000 fine.

The general prosecution accused Iraqi of defaming a number of men who were charged with "debauchery" after a police raid on a central Cairo bathhouse, and broadcasting false news on Al-Qahera Wal Nas TV channel.

Iraqi said in her TV show that the men were homosexuals. She was also photographed during the raid taking pictures of the men being dragged semi-naked out of the bathhouse by police, a scene that caused widespread controversy.

The men were arrested and tried on charges of "debauchery" -- a term pertinent to the Egyptian law that refers to homosexuality-- and other charges. They were acquitted in January 2015 as the court said there was insufficient evidence of homosexual acts.

The men's defence team filed a lawsuit against Iraqi to call for compensation.

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