CAIRO: T.V. Anchor Mona Iraq was acquitted Tuesday of charges of libel and slander after broadcasting footage of a group of men forced to leave a bathhouse naked after being accused of homosexuality, Youm7 reported.
On Nov. 26, 2015, Iraqi was sentenced to six months in prison and a bail of 1,000 EGP ($127) for libel and broadcasting false news.
Iraqi broadcast on her T.V. show el-Mestakhabi (meaning Hidden) a video of 26 men in a public bathhouse called Bab al-Bahr in Old Cairo in December 2013. She escorted the police forces who raided the bathhouse and arrested the men on charges of debauchery.
Although homosexuality is not technically illegal in Egypt, it is treated as a taboo, and any displays of sexuality are often punished under broader statutes covering “public morals” and “debauchery.”
All of the 26 men were acquitted in January 2015; their lawyer filed a lawsuit against Iraq over charges of damaging their reputations.