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Egypt jails four men for gay acts

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A court in Egypt has sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison for committing homosexual acts, reports BBC.

The men were accused of attending or arranging "deviant" sex parties, and dressing in women's clothes and wearing make-up.

Egyptian law does not explicitly ban homosexual acts, but prosecutors have used legislation banning debauchery to try homosexuals.

The verdict has been condemned by human rights campaigners.

The Nasr City misdemeanor court issued its ruling on Monday. Police arrested the men for holding parties they say involved homosexual acts and where they found women's clothes and makeup, reports AP.

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".

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