Morocco: Court ruling for girls accused of homosexuality postponed to December 9
A Moroccan court has postponed to early December decision on the case of two teenage girls found kissing each other in Marrakech in October, reports say.
The two girls aged respectively 16 and 17 were charged late October with “licentious or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex” after being caught kissing and hugging on a rooftop.
They appeared on Friday November 25 in the court for hearing. The defense noted that if found guilty they may face between six months and three years in prison.
“They denied what was in the police report, namely that they had a homosexual relationship, and said their relationship was friendly,” lawyer Rachid al-Ghorfi told AFP.
They had been detained, at Boulamharaz prison, one week before being freed on bail, reports say. They has decimated by the two teenage girls, Nidal Azhary, co-founder of Union Feministe Libre (UFL) noted.
UFL, a civil society organisation for women advocacy has been slammed their arrest.
The girls have been charged under Article 489 of Morocco’s penal code criminalizing “sexual deviancy” between two people of the same gender, reports say.
They are the first case of homosexuality concerning female addressed by justice in the North African country.