The Qasr al-Nil Misdemeanour Court sentenced on Saturday eight men to three years in prison on charges of inciting debauchery and violating public decency after appearing in a Youtube video depicting an alleged homosexual marriage ceremony.
The video, titled “Egypt’s first gay marriage”, has stirred controversy after going viral on social media late August. A group of young men were filmed celebrating what appeared to be a wedding proposal between two men on a Nile boat.
The prosecutor general had ordered the eight men to undergo examination by forensic experts. He urged their swift referral to criminal prosecution in order to “safeguard the values of society and implement justice.” The prosecution referred them to trial on September 22.
Hisham Abdel Hameed, the Forensics Authority spokesman had declared the men as “normal”, not demonstrating signs of homosexuality, after undergoing physical examination.
In 2001, 52 men were arrested in Egypt after the police raided a Nile boat restaurant where the men were engaging in a “gay sex party”, 23 of whom were sentenced to prison for “immoral behavior and contempt of religion”.