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Egyptian Police Accused of Fabricating Gay Charges

Advocate, October 5, 2001

Defense attorneys in the trial of 52 Egyptian men accused of practicing gay sex say that police made the whole thing up, Agence France-Presse reports. "The police fabricated this business to distract from more important issues," said Farid al-Dib, one of the defense lawyers. To support his claim, al-Dib submitted documents to the court showing that five years ago his client was held on suspicion of belonging to a militant Muslim group. Since homosexuality is forbidden in the Muslim culture, al-Dib said the charges contradict each other. The group of men, most of them in their 20s, were arrested after allegedly attending a gay party aboard a boat on the Nile River. If found guilty of violating public morality laws, the men could face up to three years in prison.

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