Jan 04, 2008
Quickie Link: AI Demands Release of Six Facing Jail in Morocco
(Morocco) - Amnesty International called on its 2.2 million members worldwide to write to the Moroccan authorities demanding the release of six men who are facing jail because of their presumed sexuality. The six were convicted on 10 December under Article 489 of the Moroccan Penal Code for “lewd of unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex” – a video posted on the internet website YouTube was used as part of the prosecution. Their appeal hearing begins on Tuesday January 8. Fouad Friret and five other men were arrested following public denunciations that a private party held by the men on 18 and 19 November in Ksar El Kebir, a small city in northern Morocco, was simulating a Gay marriage.