First court hearing of gay suspects adjourned to Sept. 27
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By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO:  The Court of Misdemeanors in Qasr el-Nile adjourned the trial of eight men accused of “demeaning religious and social morals” to Sept. 27, in their first court hearing held Tuesday.

After a video posted online appeared to show a gay marriage party, suspects that were identified have been subject to accusations of committing sinful acts and publishing a video that violates public decency and incites “ungodly practices,” Youm7 reported Tuesday.

One of the suspects denied being gay in a phone call to Rotana Masriya channel, however the prosecution is going to charge them on grounds of homosexual acts, which are banned in Egypt, although not clearly defined by Egyptian law.

The group of suspects were identified from a video which circulated on social media websites earlier in September, showing men on a rented Nile boat, with two men exchanging rings in what appeared to be a wedding ceremony.

Calling on their immediate release in a statement released on Sept. 9, Human Rights Watch noted  the arrested suspects were forced to submit to forensic anal examinations; the results of the forensic anal exams concluded that the men were “not homosexuals.”

Additional reporting by Karim Sobhy.

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