The nine men arrested in relation to the viral video of 'Egypt's first gay wedding' have been detained for an additional 15 days, despite the Forensic Medicine Authority's statements that they tested "negative" for homosexuality.
Detention has been renewed, pending investigations, for an additional 15 days for the nine men arrested on charges of "gross indecency" after appearing in a video of "Egypt's first gay wedding."
The men were arrested on Saturday, one week after a video claiming to show Egypt's first gay wedding went viral online, sparking an online controversy.
The Forensic Medicine Authority told CairoScene yesterday that forensic tests indicated that the men are "not homosexuals." However, further investigations are ongoing.
The men were arrested upon an order from Attorney General Hisham Barakat in response to the viral video.
Though Egyptian law does not officially contain any clauses forbidding homosexuality, there have been notorious cases of mass arrests, usually on charges of "gross indecency" and "immoral behaviour."
Among the most infamous of these was a case in 2001, when 52 men were arrested on board a "gay party" on the Queen Nile Boat, 21 of whom were sentences to prison for three years.