Egyptian Government Can Block LGBT People From Entering The Country, Court Rules

Europe and TurkeyApril 14, 2015 0 Reported by BuzzFeed.comAn Egyptian administrative court in Cairo ruled Tuesday to uphold the power of the interior minister to deport people accused of homosexuality.

According to a judgement obtained by BuzzFeed News, the case has its roots in the 2008 arrest of a Libyan man who police alleged to be gay in their report. While the court documents leave unclear precisely what he was arrested for — or what charges were brought against the man, who remains anonymous in the judgement — as with many foreign nationals who are arrested in Egypt, the Egyptian government deported him based on this arrest and barred him from reentering the country. He sued to be allowed to return so that he could complete graduate studies at the Arabic Academy for Maritime Transport, arguing that the interior minister did not have the power to block him from the country.

Judge Yahia Dakrory, who issued the ruling, rejected this argument, and said that the interior ministry lawfully used its power to protect “the general benefits, religious values, social morals of society and to prevent the spreading of social ills,” according to the ruling…story continues below…

via Egyptian Government Can Block LGBT People From Entering The Country, Court Rules – BuzzFeed News.

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