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Retrial for Egyptians Accused of Gay Sex

BBC News, May 23, 2002

Court officials in Egypt say President Hosni Mubarak has ordered the retrial of 50 men tried last year on charges of sexual immorality—a euphemism for homosexuality.

Mr Mubarak demanded the retrial on the grounds that the state security court, where the charges had originally been heard, had no authority in such cases.

The men were arrested last year after a raid on a floating night club, the Queen Boat, known locally as a popular gay venue.

All but two of the 23 men jailed as well as the 29 men who were acquitted will now stand trial at a lower court.

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