Egypt: Gay Boat Party Trial Delayed Again
January 9, 2003
The trial of 50 men arrested at an alleged gay boat party on the Nile in
2001 has been put back again.
The court was to have reconvened this week. But the case in a Cairo court
has now been delayed until January 25.
Of the 50 men, 23 were sentenced to hard labour for "debauchery"
last year. The others were found not guilty.
The raid on the boat party in May 2001 and the high security trial that
followed outraged human rights groups and governments alike in the West.
Following pressure from a number of governments, including the European Union,
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak ordered retrials. The two men who were said
to have organised the boat party were not given appeal and their five year
jail sentences were upheld.
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