April 05, 2001 08:26am
Egypt Holds Three Over Homosexual Web Site
(CAIRO) -- Egyptian prosecutors are interrogating three men suspected of using the Internet to procure sex with other men, security sources said on Thursday.
``The prosecutors ordered the three be remanded in custody pending investigation,'' one source said.
Prosecutors accuse the three, an anesthetist, a chartered accountant and an accountant, of setting up internet sites with pornographic pictures and advertising their willingness to establish homosexual relations.
The penal code in Egypt, a conservative Muslim country of 65 million, criminalises homosexual sex.
In February, a Cairo criminal court jailed a computer engineer for 15 months and an accountant for three months, both men, for having committed the ``scandalous act'' of advertising sexual services on the web.