Two de­fen­dants ac­quit­ted of de­bauch­ery ac­cu­sa­tions

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The Dokki Mis­de­meanour Court ac­quit­ted on Satur­day two men ac­cused of prac­tis­ing ho­mo­sex­ual acts and in­cit­ing de­bauch­ery, ac­cord­ing to lo­cal me­dia and the Egyp­tian Ini­tia­tive for Per­sonal Rights (EIPR).

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ves­ti­ga­tions, they were re­ferred to court af­ter be­ing ar­rested as po­lice staged an am­bush. The de­fen­dants al­legedly used so­cial me­dia to connect with other part­ners, whom were later re­vealed to be un­der­cover po­lice of­fi­cer,a tech­nique of­ten used by the “vice po­lice” de­part­ment (which is re­spon­si­ble for ar­rest­ing de­fen­dants charged with crimes re­lated to sex­u­al­ity, “moral vi­o­la­tions”, or in­de­cency) to lure in gay in­di­vid­u­als and prov­ing the act.

The Egyp­tian law does not di­rectly for­bid ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity,but ar­rests have taken place cit­ing charges of “vi­o­lat­ing the teach­ings of re­li­gion and pub­lic morals.”

Satur­day’s ac­quit­tal comes as a cam­paign against the LGBT com­mu­nity since the pride flag was raised dur­ing a con­cert by Le­banese rock band Mashrou’ Leila.

On 2 Septem­ber, the same court sen­tenced a stu­dent to a six-year im­pris­on­ment and an EGP 300 fine for al­legedly “prac­tis­ing de­bauch­ery”.

Pub­lic con­tro­versy erupted over the ac­cep­tance of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity and gay peo­ple’s rights, where pub­lic and re­li­gious fig­ures, as well as lo­cal me­dia, led a fierce cam­paign against the is­sue, call­ing for pun­ish­ment to those who raised the flag, while other mem­bers of the par­lia­ment called for pre­par­ing a law to “pun­ish ho­mo­sex­u­als”.

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