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Two Egyptian Students Jailed for Gay Sex Offer

Associated Press, December 18, 2001

CAIRO, Egypt—Two Egyptian university students have been convicted of offering gay sex on the Internet and sentenced to one year in prison, judicial officials said Tuesday.

The Boulaq misdemeanor court on Thursday convicted Sherif Abu Bakr, from the Cairo engineering college, and Khaled Mohammed, from the science college, of indecent acts. The two were charged with setting up a Web site offering gay sex for 100 Egyptian pounds per hour, the officials said on condition of anonymity.

A security agent, posing as an interested gay, arranged a meeting with the students at a five-star hotel, where the two were arrested, the officials said.

Egyptian law does not explicitly refer to homosexuality, but a wide range of laws covering obscenity and public morality are punishable by jail terms. The debauchery offense carries a maximum prison sentence of three years.

Last month, an Egyptian court convicted 23 alleged homosexuals of debauchery and contempt of religion. They were arrested in May on a Nile boat restaurant.

Gay cases have shocked conservative Egypt and prompted international attention and support from gay rights activists who have demonstrated in Geneva and in Stockholm against gay trials in the country.

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