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Two Lesbians Arrested for ‘Unnatural’ Sex

Lebanese Daily Star, August 23, 2002

Two lesbians were arrested Thursday [August 22, 2002] for engaging in "unnatural" sexual practices, under orders from Mount Lebanon’s Public Prosecution Office.

According to judicial sources, the women, who were caught in flagrante delicto, confessed to having relations for several years and said they wished to be united in matrimony. The sources said the two also sought to have a test-tube baby together, and affirmed to Mount Lebanon assistant public prosecutor Shawki Hajjar that they would join each other once released from jail.

Hajjar ordered that each woman be held in custody in a separate cell on charges of having unnatural sexual relations.

Article 534 of the penal code identifies having sexual relations "contradicting the laws of nature" as a crime carrying a penalty of up to one year in prison.

The sources said the women’s relationship was exposed after police stormed one of their homes to recover money and jewelry allegedly stolen from the mother of one of the women. The mother had filed a complaint against her daughter, accusing her of stealing the valuables.

Both women were also charged with theft, which under Article 636 carries a penalty of between two months and three years in prison.

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