Last edited: February 14, 2005

American Arrested for Sex with Afghan Male, September 1, 2004

By Newscenter Staff

Kabul—Police in Kabul have arrested an American adviser to the Afghan government for allegedly having homosexual relations with an Afghan man, officials said Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the government said the man met several times with a male Afghani citizen in a hotel in the capital. The Afghan citizen was questioned and confessed to police that the American had paid him for sex.

Homosexuality it a crime in Afghanistan, punishable by lengthy prison terms with hard labor. Under the Taliban, which was ousted in 2001, the country was under tight Shariah, or Islamic, law. At that time gays were crushed to death by having walls toppled on them.

“Islam doesn’t allow homosexuality,” said Abdul Halim Samadi, a prosecutor dealing with the current case in Kabul.

Nevertheless, Samadi acknowledged that a gay “underground” exists in the country.

Samadi said the American was arrested last week, although charges were not officially laid until Tuesday.

A spokesperson for the US State Department said the American government has not been notified of the arrest.

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