|Courts & Tribunals
On 21January 2019, it was reported that Egyptian TV presenter Mohamed al-Ghiety sentenced to one year of hard labour and fined 3,000 Egyptian pounds ($167; £130) for ”promoting homosexuality” by interviewing a gay man on his privately owned LTC TV channel [R2.12].
On 27 November 2017, it was reported that Egypt had sentenced 14 more men for homosexuality to jail for three years for ”abnormal” sexual relations. The men were released on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($283, €230) each until an appeals trial. Following a rainbow flag being held at a concert in Cairo, police announced a crackdown on the LGBTI community. More than 70 people have been arrested, with more than 20 receiving jail sentences ranging from six months to six years [R2.11].
On 14 October 2017, the Haram Misdemeanor Court reportedly sentenced four members of the gay community to three years in prison, each on charges of committing acts inside a residential apartment in Hadayeq al-Ahram that fall under Egypt’s ‘debauchery law’, being ”inconsistent with public morality and homosexuality” [R2.10].
On 29 May 2016, a Giza court reduced the April prison sentences imposed on 11 men accused of homosexuality from 12 years to one year while one defendant was acquitted. The men were charged with ”inciting debauchery” after they were arrested at a rented apartment in Giza for allegedly committing homosexual acts [R2.9].
On 26 April 2016, it was reported that a court in Egypt had sentenced a group of 11 men convicted of homosexuality to prison for periods ranging from three to 12 years. The men were officially charged with ”debauchery and incitement to debauchery”, the legal terms used by Egyptian jurisprudence to describe homosexual behavior [R2.8].
On 14 April 2015, the Administrative Court ruled that the Interior Ministry may deport homosexual foreigners and deny them entry into the country [R2.7].
On 19 January 2015, the Cairo Appeals Court upheld the acquittal ruling issued on January 12 by a lower court verdict clearing 26 local men of practising homosexuality in a public bathhouse. The court said that the case lacked hard evidence and the testimony made by the police officer, who led the raid, “defied logic” [R2.6].
On 12 January 2015, an Egyptian court acquitted 26 men arrested in a televised raid 07 December by police looking for gays at a Cairo public bathhouse. The men were charged variously with debauchery and performing indecent public acts. There are no laws in Egypt criminalising homosexuality but a decades’ old law criminalising prostitution is often used in penalising the gay community [R2.5].
On 27 December 2014, a Cairo appeal court reduced the sentence of eight defendants charged with “perversion and offending public morals”, from an initial sentence of three years. The defendants appeared in a video of an unofficial same-sex wedding showing two defendants allegedly celebrating their marriage on a boat. Forensic department medical tests found the nine defendants were “not homosexuals” [R2.4].
On 01 November 2014, eight men who appeared in a viral video purporting to show a gay wedding on a Nile riverboat, were reportedly charged with “inciting debauchery and offending public morality” and sentenced (in the Qasr Al-Nil Court) to three years imprisonment followed by three years probation. A justice ministry forensic unit spokesman said that an anal exam of the defendants confirmed that the they had not practiced anal sex [R2.3].
On 07 April 2014, an Egyptian court reportedly used a law banning “debauchery” to sentence four gay men to prison – three for eight years, one for three – for throwing “deviant parties” and wearing women’s clothing. The “habitual practice of debauchery” is a term the Egyptian legal system uses to denote consensual homosexual acts [R2.2].
In April 2002, an Egyptian appeals court in Damanhour found the “Damanhour Five” not-guilty of all charges. The five men had been convicted March 11 of consensual homosexual conduct, and had been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment and three years’ probation [R2.1].