Egypt: Appeal Starts for Teen in ‘Gay’ Trial
Gay.com 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"
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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