Egypt Jails Eight Men Over 'Gay Wedding' Video
Eight Egyptian men have been sentenced to three years in jail for "debauchery" after appearing in a video of an alleged gay wedding ceremony.By Matt Picht | November 1, 2014
Eight Egyptian men have been sentenced to three years in jail for appearing in an online video which supposedly showed a gay wedding ceremony.
The men were arrested in September after this video, which shows two men exchanging rings and kissing during a boat party on the Nile, went viral. The defendants denied being gay and argued the video has been misrepresented.
Egypt's laws don't explicitly prohibit homosexuality, but prosecutors often target gay Egyptians under vague "debauchery" charges and morality laws. Ahram Online notes six allegedly homosexual men were convicted to lengthy jail terms under the same laws in September.