Lawyer: Two Moroccans jailed for homosexuality

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Two young Moroccan men were jailed on Monday by a court in Temara for four months for being homosexuals, one of their lawyers told AFP.

The two, aged 20 and 28, were arrested at the beginning of the month at Temara near the capital by police who found them together in a car.

On Monday both men denied the charges.

“We were in the car having a chat, nothing more. We’ve done nothing illegal,” one defendant told the court.

The lawyer said: “We told the judge that the statement signed by the accused contains inexactitudes,” adding that he would discuss with the men’s families on Tuesday whether to appeal.

Under Article 489 of the Moroccan penal code, sexual acts between people of the same gender are punishable by between six months and three years in prison.

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