Morocco: Rights groups slam 3-year prison sentences for men accused of homosexuality

AfricaMay 29, 2015 – Reported by IB Times – A Moroccan court jailed three men for homosexuality under a law that has drawn widespread criticism from rights groups.

The men were handed the maximum sentence of three years behind bars each by judges in the north-eastern city of Taourirt, local activists reported.

Hassan Ammari, of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, told AFP that police caught two of the accused “in the act” as they raided the mechanic’s workshop where one of them worked. Authorities reportedly acted on a tip-off from neighbours.

During questioning, the pair said they had met through a mutual friend who was also subsequently held.

The three confessed to engaging in same-sex relations and to the additional charges of prostitution and preventing the course of justice, Le Monde newspaper reported…story continues below…

via Morocco: Rights groups slam 3-year prison sentences for men accused of homosexuality.

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