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Tunisia student gets year in jail for gay sex

Tunisia student gets year in jail for gay sex

Student was detained in the Mediterranean resort of Sousse.

A court in Sousse, Tunisia on Tuesday (22 September) sentenced a student to a year in jail for gay sex.

The unidentified man was taken in for questioning on 6 September after his phone number was found on the body of a murder victim, his lawyer Fadoua Braham told AFP.

He denied any involvement in the killing but admitted to having sex with the man.

‘Another statement was drawn up and my client had to undergo an anal exam against his will,’ Braham said.

Gay sex is a crime in the Tunisia punishable by up to three years imprisonment.

The youth said through his lawyer: ‘I don’t understand why I was sentenced… nor why I was detained for six days without being allowed to contact my lawyer.’

‘I want to get out and resume a normal life,’ he added.

‘I wonder what I’m going to do about my job and studies. I don’t want to be rejected by society.’

In February, a Swedish man in his 50s was jailed for two years in Tunisia for ‘homosexual acts.’