Saturday, 19 January 2008

Morocan Men Arrested After YouTube Video

The latest Pink Paper has a worrying story about a number of men arrested and imprisoned in Morocco after a YouTube video appeared to show two men "marrying". The Paper reports that:

'They were convicted of “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex”, which is prohibited in the north African country’s criminal code, even though the video does not show any sexual activity and the video was the only evidence in the prosecution case. The owner of the house where the party was held, Fouad Friret, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for lewd acts and the unauthorised sale of alcohol. Three other men were sentenced to six months in prison, and two to four months. They range in age from 20 to 61 years old.'

Amnesty International has called on its members to write polite letters in English or French to the Moroccan authorities demanding the release of the men. The head of mission at the Moroccan embassy in London, His Excellency Mr Mohammed Belmahi, can be reached by email at

I've managed to track the YouTube file down and embedded it below. What do you think? One thing I do now for certain is that these kind of stories are a reminder of just how far our society has progressed in the last twenty years.

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