Egyptian court jails 11 men accused of homosexuality

Egyptian court jails 11 men accused of homosexuality

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An Egyptian court has sentenced 11 men accused of homosexuality to jail terms of between three and 12 years in prison, legal sources said.

The defendants, who were earlier arrested in in September last year, in a flat in the Cairo suburb of Agouza, were convicted of “debauchery and incitement to debauchery”. The men were allegedly part of a network that offered sexual services for money, acquiring clients through social media, state-owned newspaper al-Ahram reported at the time. The court sentenced three of the defendants to 12 years, three to nine years, one to six years and four to three years.

Egyptian law prohibits same-sex relations an uses the debauchery law to prosecute and jail gay men. Human rights groups have condemned Egypt’s treatment of gay people and in 2014, a group of rights activists reached out to gay dating websites urging them to issue safety warnings to their Egyptian users.

Grindr – a gay dating application – warned their Egyptian users that “police may be posing as LGBT on social media to entrap you”.

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