Last edited: November 07, 2004

Briton Jailed for Gay Sex in Morocco

The Scotsman, October 4, 2004

By Katherine Danks, PA News

A 66-year-old British man has been jailed in Morocco for committing homosexual acts, Consular officials said today.

Kenneth Watson was caught having sex on September 25 with an 18-year-old Moroccan man and a 16-year-old Moroccan boy, said the British Embassy in Rabat.

The boy was released but Watson and the second Moroccan were sentenced to a year in prison by a court in the southern city of Taroudant.

“One of the two boys was released because he was a minor but the second boy got the same sentence—one year in jail,” a spokesman said.

Homosexuality is illegal in the North African nation but the area is a popular destination for sex tourists.

The maximum sentence is three years in prison. The age of consent in Morocco is 18.

The spokesman said Watson—a regular visitor to the area—was appealing his sentence.

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