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British pensioner jailed in Morocco for gay sex is freed

British pensioner jailed in Morocco for gay sex is freed

A UK man who had been sentenced to four months in jail in Morocco for ‘committing homosexual acts’ has been set free.

Ray Cole, 69, will now return to the UK.

The retired magazine publisher was arrested last Thursday after having been in Morocco for about a month.

His son Adrian Cole told Sky News that his father had ‘suddenly vanished’ and the family had lost contact with him for a week.

As his family looked for him, Cole managed to make a call to family by using the telephone of an inmate.

Cole had traveled to Marrakech to meet Jamal Jam Wald Nass who he had met online. They were arrested on 18 September on a bus on suspicion of homosexuality.

The men were put on trial and on Thursday were sentenced to four months in prison. A photo of them on Cole’s mobile phone was used as evidence of gay sex.

Adrian Cole quickly spread the word on Facebook that his father came out as gay a few years ago.

He described his dad’s situation behind bars: ‘Life is pretty bleak in there, they are served boiled vegetables once a day and his cell is a dorm designed to sleep 44, however since there are 60 men in there my 70 year old father sleeps on the concrete floor.

‘The prison does not segregate, so he is sharing with murderers, rapists, pedophiles etc.’

Gay sex is a crime in Morocco and punishable by up to three years in jail.

The son told supporters that while they could not change the law, they wanted to make the arrest of his father an embarrassment for the Moroccan authorities.

‘This country produces nothing, they rely on tourists, like my father,’ he wrote. ‘They then decide to judge you and your life and may or may not treat you in this fashion.’