Egypt: Homosexuality is legal – but not allowed

26 men were arrested in front of TV cameras and later charged with “habitual debauchery” after a crackdown had taken place at a local bathhouse in Cairo. Attorney Islam Khalifa defended 14 of the accused. It was not the first time in his career: only two months earlier he had defended seven men in another case that gained international attention where 8 men were charged with endangering public morality for attending a “marriage-like” ceremony on a Nile cruise. In this interview he talks about the legal practice in Egypt in general and the situation of the Egyptian LGBTQ community.

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