Egyptian court sentences men to 8 years in prison for homosexuality

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A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison.

The Nasr City misdemeanor court issued its ruling on April 7. Police arrested the men for holding parties they say involved homosexual acts and where they found in what was characterized as women's clothes and makeup.

Three of the four received eight years while one received three years with hard labor.

In 2011, a high profile trial of 52 men accused of being gay caught international attention and drew criticism from rights groups.

Twenty-three of them were sentenced to up to five years in prison while the rest were acquitted.

Egyptian law does not explicitly refer to homosexuality, and prosecutors usually level charges that include terms such as "debauchery."