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Egypt: Appeal Starts for Teen in ‘Gay’ Trial U.K., November 22, 2001

An appeal has been put forward for a 16 year old gay teenager in Egypt who was convicted of "debauchery" and "crimes against Islam" last month.

The teenager was one of 52 men arrested at a boat party on the Nile in May. He has only been allowed to appeal because of his age.

The teenager received a sentence of three years’ imprisonment with labour followed by three years of probation.

Human Rights Watch has called on the Egyptian government to overturn the conviction and release the teenager.

The adults, were prosecuted separately before an Emergency State Security Court. 23 men were sentenced to between one and five years hard labour. 29 were acquitted. Those who were sentenced cannot appeal.

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