Saudi Puts Gay Wedding Party on Trial
Saudi Institute, March 16, 2005
Saudi government arrested 110 Saudi men Monday on charges of attending a gay
wedding, AlWifag electronic newspaper reported Today.
AlWifaq said 30 of the wedding participants were brought
to Superior Court in Jeddah Today to face the charges.
The men were arrested in a wedding hall north of Jeddah
on Monday while dancing at the wedding ceremony for two gay men, the paper
Homosexuality is illegal in Saudi Arabia and punched by
death or jail. On Sunday two Saudi gay lovers were executed on the charge that
they killed a Pakistani man, the government claimed.
The government bans most criminal defendants from hiring
lawyers to defend them, and most trials are held in secret.
Last year the Saudi Institute exclusively reported the
arrest of dozens of Saudi men attending a gay wedding in Madina. There were no
information available on the fate of the men since.
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