Latest anti-gay move: Moroccan police arrest 2 young men

Gay Maroc reports on its website:

Temara is located just south of Rabat on the Moroccan coast.
Temara is located just southwest of Rabat on the Moroccan coast.

Two youth men, age 20 to 30, including one working for the state as an engineer, were arrested during routine police action in the 7th district of  Temara,  the daily Assabah reported Monday [May 6].

The article says they were arrested “in action” and did not attempt to hide their homosexuality, but does not specify exactly what the two young men were doing. The two men are currently in jail after being brought before the prosecutor. Assabah also states that authorities expect large crowds at their trial.

The Moroccan Criminal Code (Article 489) punishes 6 months to 3 years imprisonment “licentious acts or against nature with an individual of the same sex.”

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.


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