Men in ‘gay wedding’ video face charges of debauchery, offending public morality

Cairo Staff Reports



CAIRO — Eight men arrested in Egypt for appearing in a video taken during an alleged same-sex “wedding” party, will face trial on charges of inciting debauchery and offending public morality.

Seven men were detained earlier this month after the video, reportedly dating back to April, surfaced online. The eighth suspect was arrested days later.

AFP reports that the men were subjected to anal exams in an effort by authorities to determine if they are gay. The men reportedly all tested “negative” for homosexuality.

In Egypt, consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years, including “debauchery” or “shameless public acts.”

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A statement released by the state news agency described the video as showing “a devilish shameless party” where two of the men were getting married.

In April, four men were convicted and sentenced to eight years in prison for debauchery after holding parties that involved homosexual acts where women’s clothing and makeup were found.

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