A Giza court sentenced 11 men on Sunday to terms of up to 12 years in prison over charges of “inciting debauchery” after they were arrested for allegedly committing homosexual acts, the Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Three people were sentenced to 12 years in prison while the rest were given between three to nine years. The defendants, who were arrested at a rented apartment in Giza, denied the charges. One of the defendants was convicted several years ago in another homosexuality-related case, according to investigators. Homosexuality is not explicitly a criminal offense by Egyptian law, though prosecutors have often tried gay men under laws against “debauchery”, “immorality” or “contempt of religion.”
Arrests of gay men in Egypt have increased dramatically in recent months, according to LGBT activists. And earlier this month an Egyptian court ruled that gay foreigners can be deported from the country or banned from entry.