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Morocco releases victim of homophobic attack from jail

Morocco releases victim of homophobic attack from jail

Morocco releases gay couple from jail

Morocco has released a victim of a homophobic attack from jail.

Two men, convicted of homosexuality, had been attacked with a knife in their own home.

In a terrifying video posted online, it showed the two victims naked, scared, covered in blood and being beaten and kicked. During the attack, the men were dragged outside while homophobic slurs can be heard.

Both the victims and the assailants were arrested by Beni Mellal police last month. The first victim was convicted of ‘acts of sexual deviancy with a person of the same sex’ and ‘public drunkenness’ and sentenced to four months. The other victim was given a four month suspended sentence for ‘sexual deviancy’.

For the attack, one was handed a six month prison sentence and another received four months for ‘forced entry, resorting to violence and carrying weapons’.

Two others were acquitted while another is still to be tried at a minors’ court.

But now, the two victims have been freed after an appeal. The first was released after 26 days in prison.

According to the AFP, relatives of the aggressors decried it as an ‘injustice’.

Gay sex is illegal in Morocco, punishable by up to three years in prison.