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PROSECUTORS SEEK CANING FOR GAY COUPLE IN INDONESIA…

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (AP) — Shariah prosecutors in Indonesia’s Aceh province say two men on trial for gay sex should each be punished with 80 lashes, in another blow to the country’s moderate image after a top Christian official was imprisoned for blasphemy.

The lead prosecutor, Gulmaini, who goes by one name, said Wednesday the two men aged 20 and 23 had “confessed” to being in a gay relationship, which was supported by video footage and other evidence found in their rented room.

The men were led into the court handcuffed together and pulled their tops up to partially obscure their faces.

The couple was arrested in late March after neighborhood vigilantes in the provincial capital Banda Aceh suspected them of being gay and set out to catch them having sex. Mobile phone footage that circulated online and forms part of the evidence shows one of the men naked and visibly distressed as he apparently calls for help on his cellphone. The second man is repeatedly pushed by another man who is preventing the couple from leaving the room.

If found guilty, the men will be the first to be caned for gay sex under a new Shariah code implemented in Aceh two years ago. Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia to practice Shariah law, which was a concession made by the national government in 2006 to end a years-long war with separatists.

Indonesia’s reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam has been battered in the past year due to attacks on religious minorities, a surge in persecution of gays and a polarizing election campaign for Jakarta governor that highlighted the growing strength of hard-line Islamic groups.

On Tuesday, the outgoing Jakarta governor, a minority Christian, was sentenced to two years prison for blaspheming the Quran.

In Aceh, the Shariah court’s panel of three judges will announce its verdict next week.

Gulmani told reporters that the men did not accept the court’s offer to appoint a defense lawyer. He declined to elaborate but guilty verdicts are certain in most cases that reach the Shariah court.

The Shariah code allows up to 100 lashes for morality offenses including gay sex. Caning is also a punishment for adultery, gambling, drinking alcohol, women who wear tight clothes and men who skip Friday prayers.

Human Rights Watch has called for authorities to immediately release the two men. “These men had their privacy invaded in a frightening and humiliating manner and now face public torture for the ‘crime’ of their alleged sexual orientation,” it said in a statement last month.

© 2017 The Associated Press.

Egypt arrests 33 men for alleged debauchery

In November, a Cairo court sentenced eight men to three years in jail for ‘inciting debauchery and offending public morality’ after video footage of an alleged gay marriage went viral on the Internet. (Video still)

Thirty-three men have been arrested in a night-time police raid on a Cairo bathhouse for alleged “debauchery”, a security official said on Monday.

Homosexuality is not specifically banned under Egyptian law, so they were arrested in connection with the offence of debauchery instead.

If tried and convicted they could face lengthy prison terms.

“The police arrested 33 men on Sunday night from a common public bathhouse in the Azbakeya neighbourhood of Cairo for practising debauchery,” General Ali al-Demerdash, head of the Cairo security directorate, said.

He told AFP that the arrests came following an order from the prosecutor general.

Defendants in similar cases in the past have been charged with debauchery and “scorning religion.”

In November, a Cairo court sentenced eight men to three years in jail for “inciting debauchery and offending public morality” after video footage of an alleged gay marriage went viral on the Internet.

Turkey: Gay couple faces death threats after symbolic wedding

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Keser and Tüzün, both Turkish citizens, wed on an Istanbul ferry late in September. The wedding was symbolic and had no legal significance, as same-sex marriage is not legal in Turkey.

Keser and Tüzün, both Turkish citizens, wed on an Istanbul ferry late in September. The wedding was symbolic and had no legal significance, as same-sex marriage is not legal in Turkey.

An Arab and Kurdish-origin gay couple, who had tied the knot in an open wedding in late September in Istanbul, have lost their jobs, been evicted from their home and face death threats from family members.

Ekin Keser, who is of Arab origin, and Emrullah Tüzün, who was born in Turkey’s eastern province of Batman and is of Kurdish origin, said they were facing serious threats from their families and those around them.

“My family and siblings threaten me with death. When our wedding was featured in the news, our family and friends began rejecting us,” said Tüzün, 28, adding their landlord evicted them after the wedding.

“I used to work as a waiter in Istanbul’s Kadıköy district. When the threats increased, my boss learned about the situation and I was laid off. Ekin is not working, as he is an undergraduate student. I was the only breadwinner, but I lost my job,” said Emrullah.

Ekin and Emrullah, both Turkish citizens, had wed on an Istanbul ferry late September making the wedding public, though it had no legal significance. According to the civil code in Turkey, same sex marriage is not allowed.

Ekin, 21, said he received death threats through social media and fears going to his classes.

“We have received the biggest reaction from our families. My family knew that I was homosexual, but they reacted against my marriage,” said Keser.

Stating that around 95 percent of their friends had congratulated them, Ekin said all they wanted was their family and the people around them to leave them in peace.

October/13/2014