Morocco Jails U.K. Man for Gay Sex
October 4, 2004
By 365Gay.com 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
Watson had been a regular visitor to the North African
country, a popular gay tourist destination, since the late 1980s.