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Egypt refers 26 suspected homosexuals to trial

2014-12-17 20:51

Cairo - An Egyptian official says prosecutors have referred 26 men arrested in a raid on a bath house to trial on charges connected to their suspected homosexuality.

The prosecution official said on Wednesday the trial will begin on Sunday, a quick referral in a case that has captured public attention following the men's televised arrest.

Scenes of half-naked men escorted by policemen out of the bath house in Cairo on 7 December were filmed by a private TV channel and later aired amid criticism from activists.

Many in the public were also stunned by the widely circulated pictures of the bathers covering their faces from cameras.

Egyptian law doesn't explicitly prohibit same-sex relations. So the defendants are tried for "debauchery".

The official spoke anonymously because he was not authorised to speak to reporters.

Comments
  • Ross Royston Nicholls - 2014-12-17 21:45

    Sick. The people must leave us gay guys alone.

  • thanduxolo.galada - 2014-12-17 21:52

    To be persecuted for ones sexual orientation is just defenseless :( same as for choice of religion

      Nikki Downes - 2014-12-18 00:23

      Amen to that

  • Daniel du Plessis - 2014-12-18 00:03

    The place has probably been operating for decades with no issue now suddenly it's debauchery.

  • Lucas Lenovo - 2014-12-18 05:21

    I personally think that gays are mentally challanged. They possess all the male physiology but their something in their minds (insanity) tells them they are ladies. Nature says the faeces organ is for toilet but they see a reproductive organ. They have hoarse voices and attract frowns but they try to be females. I pity them as regular mentally challanged individuals. They must not be placed in prison but in a sanatorium. They are prone to abuse due to their delusional vulnerability? in prison they will suffer and will not get the mental therapy they require there.

      Jp Le Roux - 2014-12-18 06:52

      You sir, are a troll of the highest order. Although I am sure you prowl the gay clubs on the weekend looking for fun and then spend the entire week trashing gay people on forums like this.

  • Jayden - 2014-12-18 07:34

    The only punishment awaits them is dead by Muslim law

  • Mikael Garcia - 2014-12-18 10:27

    Ignorance an bigotry killed so many innocents in the world. Religion also killed millions. Homosexuality yet doesn't kill anyone....

  • Neil Henry Wood - 2014-12-18 11:11

    There are 2 mentally challenged people here Lucas and Francios. I hope your keepers dont let you out in public lest you hurt yourself or someone else

  • David Hessey - 2014-12-18 11:29

    Why are they suspected of being homosexual, people are or aren't there is nothing grey about it. The only grey ara is people trying to eliminate people with different views whether homosexual or nor and the homosexual card is the easiest to play. Take care how you handle theses cases as they have a habit of coming back to haunt you......

  • Helene Franck - 2014-12-19 04:31

    Babies that are born with both male and female sexual organs, or characteristics of both organs, are called hermaphrodites or intersex. A child who is in an intersexual state is classified in one of three categories: 1) true hermaphrodite – an infant born with both ovaries and testicles and has both male and female sex organs. 2) female pseudohermaphrodite – a genetic female with male external sex organs. 3) male pseudohermaphrodite – a genetic male with external sex organs that fail to develop properly, resulting in female or male/female physical characteristics. In times past, doctors would perform surgeries without first testing the infant to find out its true sex, and the child would sometimes grow up very obviously a man, with female genitalia. Now, specialists can perform an ultrasound, blood test, chromosome analysis, and even do exploratory surgery to find out the baby's true sex. The treatment is still controversial, however. If this can happen (more often than you think) then how on earth can people still think that people can't be born with the wrong sexuality, i.e gay? If you honestly think that being gay is a choice, then please tell me, when exactly did you make the very important decision to be straight? If it wasn't a choice for you, it almost certainly was't a choice for (most) gay people.

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