February 10, 2015 – Reported by 76 Crimes – An unidentified Swedish man has been sentenced to two years behind bars in Tunisia for “homosexual acts” despite the protests of Swedish diplomats, Agence France-Presse reported.
Under Tunisian law, sodomy is punishable by up to three years in prison.
“(Sweden) highlighted its belief in equal rights regardless of sexual orientation as a fundamental principle of democracy,” said Victoria Bell, a spokeswoman for the Swedish Foreign Ministry.
“The man, who is in his 50s, was sentenced February 4 to two years in prison for homosexual acts,” she added.
Tunisia confirmed the conviction, but has not provided further comment. A report in Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet said the man, who has been living in France for years, appealed the sentence.
A Tunisian human rights organization called on authorities to change the law and condemned the man’s prison sentence…story continued below…