Tunisia: youth convicted for 'homosexuality' freed

Controversial conviction of 6 other young men

18 December, 12:31

    A series of recent convictions for homosexuality have caused controversy in Tunisia A series of recent convictions for homosexuality have caused controversy in Tunisia

    TUNIS - A young Tunisian man who was sentenced to one year in prison by a court of first instance for homosexuality was released after an appeals court reduced the length of the jail term to two months, said the attorney of the defendant, Fadoua Braham. The lawyer said his client would appeal the ''unjust and unacceptable'' ruling to the Supreme Court.

    The young man does not need to serve time as he has already been detained for over 60 days after his arrest in September.

    His case had raised the protests of associations defending the rights of minorities, civil society and foreign media, especially regarding the procedure used by judicial authority to establish the man's alleged homosexuality - a rectal examination at a hospital.

    The young man had been summoned at the police station of Hammam-Sousse as a witness in a murder investigation and had ended up confessing his homosexuality after six days.

    Meanwhile a controversy is ongoing in Tunisia over another conviction on ''homosexuality'' charges after a court in Kairouan sentenced six young men to three years in prison. The appeals trial is scheduled to start next week.

    The case has reopened a debate in the country over the abolition of homosexuality as a criminal offense - in article 230 in the criminal code which provides for jail terms of up to three years for a ''homosexual act'' - an article critics accuse of going against the principles of the Tunisian Constitution approved in 2014.

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