Middle East & Africa

November 28, 2017

17 accused of inciting debauchery freed by Egypt Court


On November 26, a Cairo court released 17 people arrested in October, 2017, during a crackdown by the authorities on homosexuality, said judicial sources.

They had been charged with practising homosexuality and inciting debauchery and were sentenced to three years in prison should they fail to pay a fine of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($285).

Levy to appeal against the sentence in a higher court has been imparted to the defendants.

Homosexuality is not specifically outlawed in Egypt, however, in Egypt it is a technically conservative society and hence, discrimination is rife.

In October 2017, Egyptian security forces arrested 57 people in a wave of arrests triggered by the raising of a rainbow flag at a music concert.

An overwhelming majority of those arrested were not involved in the flag incident, however, and were arrested over their perceived sexual orientation in the following days.

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