The defendant’s lawyer, Ahmed Hossam, denied allegations that his client engaged in gay sex, and called into question the legality of convicting a person for online activity. The crime was in the imagination of the officer himself. Second, sending personal messages is unconstitutional? Searching an innocent person isn’t allowed according to criminal procedure code in Egypt,” Hossam told the Independent, adding that an appeal for the case was immediately filed.There was no immediate reaction from Egyptian authorities.“It’s not about legal reasoning and facts in this case.Society considers the LGBT community sinners and forgoes professionalism to satisfy their urge to punish them,” Hossam charged.
Illustrative - eight Egyptian men convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. (AP/Hassan Ammar, File) A Syrian refugee in Egypt was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison for allegedly soliciting gay sex over the internet, after police set up a sting operation to catch homosexuals online.The refugee was convicted based on his chat history with an undercover officer from Egypt’s Morality Police, who posed as a gay man on social media, according to a Wednesday report in the Egypt Independent.