A measure of justice and a rare victory for beleaguered LGBTQI Egyptians
Egyptian journalist Mona Iraqi (at right, with camera phone) records the police raid on the Bab el-Bahr public bathhouse, with men being herded into a police van, on Dec. 7, 2014. (Screenshot from Mona Iraqi’s Facebook page, courtesy of Scott Long)
Egyptian TV reporter Mona Iraqi has been sentenced to six months in jail for her role in inciting a December 2014 raid on a Cairo bathhouse that resulted in the arrest and subsequent acquittal of 26 men on charges of debauchery, Pink News and the Towle Road website report.
The December 2014 raid was an embarrassing misstep in an anti-LGBTI crackdown that began in 2013 and continued at least through September 2015, when 11 supposedly gay men were arrested in a pre-Eid holiday “morality campaign.”
Mona Iraqi (Photo courtesy of Scott Long)
More than 100 allegedly LGBTI people have fallen victim to this police harassment, which is part of a larger…
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