Four Men In Egypt Sentenced To Prison For Homosexual Acts
Four men in Egypt have been sentenced to prison for homosexual activity.
A court in Egypt has sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison for committing homosexual acts.
The men were accused of attending or arranging "deviant" sex parties, and dressing in women's clothes and wearing make-up.
Egyptian law does not explicitly ban homosexual acts, but prosecutors have used legislation banning debauchery to try homosexuals.
The verdict has been condemned by human rights campaigners.
There are concerns that the sentencing in Egypt could influence other Arab nations to take stronger action against gays and homosexual acts.
US-based Human Rights First group said it was "alarmed and disappointed" at the verdicts.
"Egypt is a bellwether state in the Arab region; what happens in Egypt sets a trend for developments throughout the Arab world," it said in a statement.
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