A Syrian gay man is facing a year a jail in Egypt after allegedly looking for sex on a gay hookup app.
The refugee fled to the country for a new life, hoping to be free from Islamic extremists who are ritually murdering gay people in Syria.
And when he arrived in Egypt, he began to settle in. He soon started to go online to look for other gay men.
But one man he spoke to turned out to be an undercover officer from Egypt’s Morality Police. When they met up, the gay man was immediately arrested.
He was then forced to undergo an anal ‘probe’ test, where ‘doctors’ check the anus for ‘proof’ he has engaged in anal sex. These tests are widely considered to be an act of torture and by human rights organizations.
He was sentenced with ‘inciting debauchery’ and ‘solicitation to commit immoral acts in public’, the Times of Israel reports.
The defendant’s lawyer Ahmed Hossam denied allegations his client engaged in gay sex.
‘There wasn’t a crime in the first place. The crime was in the imagination of the officer himself,’ Hossam told the Egypt Independent.
‘No debauchery happened. Second, sending personal messages is unconstitutional? Searching an innocent person isn’t allowed according to criminal procedure code in Egypt.’
This incident proves the crackdown on Egypt’s LGBTI community is getting worse.
In September, seven Egyptian men were arrested of debauchery after appearing in a video that showed two men getting married on a Nile riverboat.
And then in December, 26 men were arrested for allegedly participating in a ‘gay sex party‘ at a bathhouse where they were paraded naked live on TV. They were acquitted in January.