Morocco jails two men for gay sex

March 5, 2015

A Moroccan court has jailed two men for gay sex in what a human rights group says seems like an unfair trial.

An elected local official in his 50s and a student in his 20s were arrested in al Hoceima province on 13 December.

Only five days after their arrest, a court convicted the men of sexual deviancy and public indecency based on confessions they made to police then repudiated in court. No witnesses were called to testify.

An appeals court upheld the conviction on 30 December but reduced the sentence from three years in jail and a fine to six months for the younger man and one year for the older man, who was also convicted of attempted bribery.