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Egyptians Face Trial on Gay Sex Charges

The Advocate, June 29, 2001

A total of 52 Egyptian men will stand trial on charges of practicing gay sex on a floating nightclub on the Nile River in Cairo, Egypt’s state-owned MENA news agency said Thursday. The case has drawn the attention of Amnesty International, which said three weeks ago that it is "gravely concerned," Agence France-Presse reports. The two main defendants stand accused of "exploiting the Islamic religion to spread extremist ideas" as well as practicing gay sex "as part of the group’s rituals in front of the remaining defendants and others with the aim of insulting the heavenly religions and sparking civil strife." The remaining 50 defendants are charged with "practicing debauchery with men," which is interpreted as engaging in homosexual practices. Gay sex is illegal in Egypt, where Islam is the predominant religion. The men have been in prison since their arrests and have been subjected to torture or ill treatment, according to Amnesty officials.

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