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Egypt: Gay Boat Party Trial Delayed Again UK, 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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