Two Moroccan men have been jailed for six months and fined 2,000 dirhams (£375) each on charges of homosexuality.
The sentence was handed down by a court in Tangier, north of Morocco on Friday 24th of February 2017.
The arrest has followed a video that was shared online of the two young men in a homosexual act. Their prison sentence might even increase as there is another charge against them which holds them guilty for broadcasting pornographic images which is also punishable.
The two men whose names will remain unknown for their safety and privacy are adult students who allegedly were engaged in consensual sex which should not be punished for. However,Article 489 of the Penal Code of Morocco criminalizes “lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex.” Same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Morocco and can be punished with anything from 6 months to 3 years imprisonment and a fine of 120 to 1200 dirhams.