Rabat- The two Moroccan homosexuals arrested earlier this month for kissing at the esplanade of Hassan Tower in Rabat were sentenced to four months in prison for violating "public modesty".
Rabat- The two Moroccan homosexuals arrested earlier this month for kissing at the esplanade of Hassan Tower in Rabat were sentenced to four months in prison for violating “public modesty”.
Mohsine Naeme and Lahcen Boudami were taking pictures near the Hassan Tower when they were arrested by the police for allegedly kissing each other.
A statement from the Ministry of Interior linked the pair’s arrest to the topless protest staged by “feminist” group Femen in the esplanade of the Hassan Tower.
The two Femen activists protested against the criminalization of homosexuality in Morocco in the exact same location by kissing each other. They were later arrested and deported from the country.
Originally from Casablanca, Naeme, 25, and Boudami, 38, were also ordered by the Rabat’s Court of First Instance to pay a MAD 500 fine.
Their trial prompted an advocacy group to launch an international petition calling for their release. By Tuesday the petition had been signed by 70 000 people.
According to article 489 of Morocco’s penal code, homosexuality is punishable by six months to three years imprisonment.