This is a tragic situation. Religion is ruining the lives of so many youth.
Tunis (AFP) – A court in Tunisia has sentenced six students to three years in jail each on charges of homosexuality in a judgment condemned by rights activists, their lawyer said on Monday.
The court in Kairouan last week handed down the maximum term under a controversial article of the criminal code that criminalises sex between males, Boutheina Karkni said.
The six were also banned from the central city for five years after they complete their sentences, she said.
The young men were detained in November and December after “neighbours denounced them” and were made to undergo anal examinations, she said.
Karkni described the ruling as “extremely harsh” and said an appeal hearing should take place “in two to three weeks” in the nearby coastal city of Sousse.