Retrial for Egyptians Accused of Gay Sex
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
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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