Two men arrested in Morocco after video of their kiss goes viral
Two Moroccan men have been arrested after a video of them kissing caused outrage online.
The strong reaction to the video – which quickly went viral – led to authorities to arrest the men on Friday (January 7).
The video – which shows two unidentified silhouettes kissing inside a classroom – was filmed in the southern city of Inezgane.
Local reports suggest the two men are university students.
The man who allegedly filmed the clip works as part-time at the school where the video was shot, alongside his law degree. His friend is thought to be studying hospitality.
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According to local news website Le360, both men remain in police custody, with a verdict is expected later this week.
If convicted, the men could face up to three years imprisonment and a fine of 1,200 dirhams ($121; €111).
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.
Last year, campaigners condemned the jailing of two men accused of consensual same-sex activity in Morocco.
In May, three men in Morocco accused of homosexuality were jailed for three years each.
Ray Cole, a gay British man, was briefly jailed in the country in 2014 under Morocco’s anti-gay laws.
Mr Cole and his Moroccan friend were subsequently released following a high-profile campaign.