Friday, October 10, 2014

Morocco: Always Determine in Advance Whether Homosexual Behavior is Prohibited

According to Moroccan World News, before initiating any travel internationally, I strongly suggest that those in LGBT community carefully review the below link to ensure that their sexual preferences are acceptable in the countries they are traveling in:

See the below incident in order to avoid legal conflicts abroad:

Briton Ray Cole has been released from a Marrakech prison after Cole and his Moroccan friend, Jamal Jam Wald Nass, were arrested on charges of homosexuality.

Both Cole and his local friend were arrested during late September on charges of homosexuality.

Ray Cole was released on Wednesday (October 8), was allowed to return to the UK, while Jamal Jam Wald Nass still faces an appellate court and a possible prison sentence. The two men met through the social network Facebook.

COMMENT: The delay in the Moroccan’s release  may have been caused by a delay in filing the appeal with the Appeal Court in Marrakech, according to local sources.

A few hours before Ray Cole was released, a petition on the net demanded the immediate release of the young Moroccan and called for an end to “the major arrests of people because of their private practices” and the repeal of section 489 of the  Moroccan Penal Code. 

A text that the initiators of the petition describe as outdated and “unconstitutional,” arguing that it dates back to the time of the French Protectorate.

Adrian Cole, the son of Ray Cole said in a statement to the British press that they had asked the legal  team representing his father in Marrakech to provide legal assistance to Jamal Jam Wald Nass.

This case will reopen the debate on gay rights in the Kingdom, and  Article 489 of the Moroccan penal code. In accordance with this article, homosexual acts are punishable by up to three years in prison and a fine ranging from 120 to 1200 dirhams (US$14-137.29).

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