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Campaign hopes to save gay Moroccans from three year jail-sentences

Joseph McCormick June 14, 2015
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A campaign hopes to save two gay men in Morocco from serving three years in jail each.

The men, Lahcen and Mohsine, were arrested in Rabat whilst taking a photo next to a monument.

According to AllOut, police said they were violating “public modesty” because they were standing too close together.

The men will go on trial tomorrow, and if found guilty, they could face three years in jail.

The campaign, which includes a petition, is run by AllOut and the Aswat Collective, and aims to have the men released.

Three men in Morrocco accused of homosexuality were last month jailed for three years each.

Same-sex sexual activity is a crime in Morocco, with a maximum possible sentence of 3 years.

Ray Cole, a gay British man, was briefly jailed in the country last year under Morocco’s anti-gay laws.

Mr Cole and his Moroccan friend were subsequently released following a high-profile campaign.

Moroccan law penalises what it refers to as acts of “sexual deviancy” between members of the same sex, a term that police reports and court documents use to refer to homosexuality more generally.

Campaigners earlier this year condemned the jailing of two menaccused of consensual same-sex activity in Morocco.


More: Africa, Homosexuality, jail, Morocco, Morocco, prison

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