Egypt: men arrested at Cairo sauna acquitted

Accused of 'debauchery' over alleged homosexual relations

12 January, 13:12

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JANUARY 12 - A court in Cairo acquitted all 26 men arrested at a public sauna in Cairo on ''debauchery'' charges, used in Egypt to crack down on homosexuality, the website of Egyptian daily Al-Ahram reported on Monday.

    Usually homosexuality as such is not considered a crime in Egypt but Egyptian media have stressed the police raid on a public sauna in Ramses had been carried out to hunt down homosexuals. The 26 were accused of ''gay orgies'' at the hammam, according to the website.

    An episode of television programme ''El Mestakhabi'' (hidden) dedicated to the operation against the sauna had sparked criticism on social networks as a journalist from the programme had accompanied officers during the blitz and, with a smart phone, had filmed men as they were dragged out half naked by officers. (ANSAmed)
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