Man acquitted, 10 handed reduced prison terms of 1 year over homosexuality

CAIRO: A man was acquitted and 10 had their prison terms commuted from 3-11 years to one year each by an appeals court Sunday over homosexuality, Youm7 reported.

The initial sentence was issued in April; they had reportedly been arrested last September in an apartment in Mohandeseen while they were engaged in same-sex sexual activities.

Among the charges confirmed by Agouza Misdemeanors Court of Appeal are practicing debauchery, operating an apartment to practice debauchery, not holding IDs, and advertising and inciting debauchery.

Although there is not a law that bans homosexuality, prostitution and displays of sexuality are often punished under broader statutes covering “public morals” and “debauchery.”

In April, Nasr City Misdemeanor Court sentenced four men to prison over charges of “habitual debauchery” and for practicing homosexuality, judicial sources told Al-Watan newspaper.

One of the four men was jailed for three years on charges of “facilitating debauchery” as he rented his apartment to the other three men, said the source.
The other three men were jailed for eight years on charges of practicing habitual debauchery for money, holding congregational “deviant parties” and dressing in women’s clothes.
A total of 26 men were acquired in April of debauchery after being arrested at a male public bathhouse in a high-profile case.

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