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Malaysia Court Sentences 5 Men to Jail, Fines, and Caning for Gay Sex

Malaysia Court Sentences 5 Men to Jail, Fines, and Caning for Gay Sex

A Malaysian religious court on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur sentenced five men on Thursday to jail, caning and fines for attempting gay sex, media and a rights groups. have reported.

The Selangor Shariah High Court, on the outskirts of the Malaysian capital, sentenced four men to six months’ jail, six strokes of the cane, and a 4,800 ringgit ($1,163) fine for “attempting intercourse against the order of nature.” A fifth man was sentenced to seven months’ jail, six strokes of the cane and a 4,900 ringgit fine for the same offence.

“The facts show that there was an attempt to carry out intercourse outside of the order of nature and that it was not in the early stages of preparation,”  Selangor Shariah High Court judge Mohamad Asri was quoted as saying.

Malaysia  has a dual-track legal system, with Islamic criminal and family laws applicable to Muslims running alongside civil laws. The country is home to 32 million people, where ethnic Malay Muslims make up more than 60 percent of the population.

The case comes amid concerns around growing intolerance toward the LGBT community in Malaysia in recent months.

Malaysia retains its colonial era criminal ban on sodomy (as well as oral sex), with possible punishment including fines, prison sentences of up to twenty years, and even corporal punishment. A subsection of the Criminal Code also provides additional punishment for men convicted of “gross indecency with another male person”.  Vigilante executions are also tolerated and LGBT people also risk deportation.

Gay Arts Festival Banned In Kuala Lumpur As A “Threat To Public Order”

Police in Kuala Lampur have ordered gay rights activists in the Muslim-majority country to shut down the  “Sexual Independence” festival has been held since 2008 because this year the festival titled themed “Queer Without Fear” focused on LGBT discrimination and acceptance.

The five-day festival which was set to start Nov. 9 at a private arts center afeatured planned musical performances of “queer anthems sung by local singers and drag divas who know what it means to love out loud and proud, and also included plans for talks on sexuality issues, a poster exhibition and a makeup workshop by a drag queen. One session was titled “Defense Against The Dark Arts: Homophobia 101.” organizers said.

After criticism by the deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin who called the event “inappropriate” and a “waste of time,” and plans by several Muslim nongovernment groups to protest, police ordered the event to be canceled.

Authorities will “prevent any function relating to the program,” deputy police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said in a statement.

“Asking us to keep quiet is asking us to take your abuse with a smile … it’s time to put a stop to all the hate and misunderstanding and abuse,” festival spokesman Pang Khee Teik said in an online statement posted Thursday before the event was banned and there has been no further statement.

Source AP