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egypt gay videoA court in Cairo has sentenced eight men to three years in prison for appearing in a video allegedly taken during a gay wedding on a boat.

The video shows two men kissing and exchanging rings on a Nile boat as their friends cheer, the metro.co.uk reported. The video became a YouTube sensation after being posted online in September.

For their alleged appearance in the clip, eight men were arrested and sentenced to three years in prison. Egypt’s top prosecutor has branded the clip as ‘shameful to God’. A spokesman for the justice ministry’s forensics department, however, said the men were innocent.

“The entire case is made up and lacks basis. The police did not arrest them red-handed and the video does not prove anything,’ the report quoted an official as saying.

“The medical test showed that the eight defendants have not practiced homosexuality recently or in the past,” he added.

Although homosexuality is not illegal in Egypt, it is still taboo and gay men have allegedly been arrested in the past on the grounds of “immorality”.

Human Rights Watch said that Egyptian authorities had tortured men suspected of having gay sex and condemned the ‘medical tests’ authorities used – anal examinations.

Eight Egyptian men on trial for doing a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding hide their identities as they sit in the defendent's cage during their trial in Cairo on November 1, 2014. The video, filmed aboard a Nile riverboat, shows what prosecutors said was a gay wedding ceremony, with two men in the centre kissing, exchanging rings and cutting a cake with their picture on it. The Egyptian court jailed the eight men for three years. AFP PHOTO / STR        (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
Eight Egyptian men on trial for doing a video prosecutors claimed was of a gay wedding hide their identities as they sit in the defendent’s cage during their trial in Cairo on November 1, 2014. The video, filmed aboard a Nile riverboat, shows what prosecutors said was a gay wedding ceremony, with two men in the centre kissing, exchanging rings and cutting a cake with their picture on it. The Egyptian court jailed the eight men for three years. AFP PHOTO / STR (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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