On June 2, 2016 Gay Star News reported: A young gay couple are in jail after being found ‘guilty’ of homosexuality in Morocco.
Prosecutors sped through a trial, before an investigation had even been completed and they weren’t able to get proper legal representation.
The couple, who GSN will not name to protect their safety, had gone to a deserted area in the outskirts of Guelmim, a southern city of the north African country, on 26 May.
Police reportedly caught the two young men having sex in their car and arrested them under article 489 of the Penal Code, which criminalizes ‘lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex’.
Despite the public prosecutor ordering a full investigation to be conducted before it was presented to the city’s Court of First Instance, the two men were quickly found guilty.
The gay couple were handed a sentence of six months.