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Same-sex marriage video trial verdict scheduled for 1 November

The detainees are charged with ‘debauchery’, violating teachings of religion

The Qasr Al-Nil Court scheduled on Saturday the verdict for the same-sex marriage video trial involving eight defendants for 1 November, according to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram.

The men, who were featured in a video showing two males celebrating their marriage on a boat, are accused of “inciting debauchery”. The prosecution described the celebration as “a devilish, shameless party”.

The defendants were ordered by the prosecution to undergo medical tests to ensure they are “habitual” homosexuals.

However, Hisham Abdel Hamid, spokesman for the Forensic Department said that, based on the results of medical tests, the nine men suspected of participating in an alleged party are “not homosexuals”.

Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat ordered them to be sent to court for charges of “violating the teachings of religion and public morals”.

On 9 September, Human Rights Watch (HRW) called for the release of the detained men describing the arrests as “an assault on fundamental human rights”. The group also said that the medical tests, which involve an anal examination, as a violation to “international standards against torture”.

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