Egypt Charges Gay Party Goers with Sodomy
Newscenter in London, June 29, 2001
By Jon ben Asher
Fifty-two men who were arrested when police raided a floating nightclub on
the Nile have now been charged with sodomy and crimes against Islam.
The men have been in a Cairo jail since their arrests May 9.
Thursday the men were transferred to a state security court where they were
also charged with distorting the Koran, causing offence to monotheistic
faiths, immoral practices and praying in a manner that contradicts proper
practice and spreading extremist ideas verbally and in writing.
Police said they had been watching the group for some time before the raid
on the Queen Boat frequently used for gay parties.
The charges carry a maximum total sentence of five years imprisonment.
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