Egypt court sentences homosexuals to prison

Men accused of holding ‘deviant parties’ and dressing in women’s clothing

A rainbow gay pride flag.  (AFP/BEN STANSALL)
A rainbow gay pride flag. (AFP/BEN STANSALL)

CAIRO — 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.

Prosecutors have used a law banning “debauchery” to try homosexuals in the past.

Those accused of homosexuality are often forced to undergo medical tests to establish they are “habitual” gays, a practice rights groups have decried as abusive.

Homosexuality is not tolerated across the Middle East and much of Africa.

Last month a Cairo court sentenced 529 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi to death after a mass trial, drawing condemnation from the US and rights groups.

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