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Morocco jails three men for gay sex

Morocco jails three men for gay sex

Three men have been sentenced to three years in jail for gay sex in Morocco, where homosexuality and premarital sex are illegal.

The sentence was handed down on Friday (22 May) by a court in the northeastern city of Taourirt.

Police were tipped off to two of the men, a mechanic in his 40s and a man in his 20s, who they caught having sex in the former’s workshop. 

During their detention, they said they met through a mutual friend, who was then also arrested.

The conservative North African country punishes anyone found guilty of ‘a deviant act with a person of the same sex’ with up to three years in jail.

Moroccan authorities declined to comment.