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Court acquits men charged with “Debauchery”

An Egyptian court recently acquitted 26 men accused by the government of ‘debauchery” at a bathhouse. The bathhouse owner, along with four employees, were tried for “facilitating parties of debauchery, orgies among male homosexuals". The 21 other men were tried for “practicing debauchery and indecent public acts". Their arrests came after a televised raid on the establishment, led by police and Egyptian journalist, Mona Iraqi. We’ll talk with human rights activist, Scott Long, about the case and the role of Egyptian media in aiding government oppression of LGBT people. Long is founding director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Rights program at Human Rights Watch. PHOTO: One of 26 men arrested in a televised raid in December, 2014 by police looking for gays at a Cairo bathhouse celebrates after an Egyptian court acquitted them. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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