Last edited: October 31, 2004

Morocco Jails U.K. Man for Gay Sex, October 4, 2004

By Newscenter Staff

Rabat—A British citizen and an 18 year old Moroccan have been sentenced by a Moroccan court to one year in prison after being convicted of having gay sex.

Kenneth Watson, 66, and the younger man were arrested after they were caught having sex. Homosexuality is illegal in Morocco. Although the law is seldom enforced, the government is under increasing pressure from Moslem clerics to crack down, especially on foreigners.

Watson was accused of having “unlawful sex” and with “seducing a minor”. The age of consent in Morocco is 21. The 18 year old was also convicted of “unlawful sex”.

The British Embassy is attempting to intercede on behalf of Watson. A spokesperson for the Embassy in Rabat said that consular officials have asked to see Watson and interview officers involved in the arrest.

Watson had been a regular visitor to the North African country, a popular gay tourist destination, since the late 1980s.

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