French President Worried About Fate of Egyptian Gays
Gay.com U.K., 11 February 2002
The French President, Jacques Chirac has expressed deep concern about the
imprisonment of gays in Egypt.
A statement issued by Mr Chiracís office said that during talks in Paris,
Mr Chirac told his Egyptian counterpart, Hosni Mubarak, he was worried about
the fate of homosexuals imprisoned in Egypt. He said that he didnít want to
interfere in Egyptian affairs, but he hoped 23 men sentenced to hard labour in
prison for sexual immorality will be released.
The men, along with 29 others, who were acquitted were arrested at a boat
party on the Nile early last year. Since then other homosexuals have been
arrested in police raids and are awaiting trial.
Although homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, it is not accepted by
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