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Two Moroccan men jailed for kissing in public

Two Moroccan men have been jailed and fined for kissing in public in a trial criticised by human rights groups. The pair, named Lahcen and Mohsine

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Two Moroccan men have been jailed and fined for kissing in public in a trial criticised by human rights groups.

The pair, named Lahcen and Mohsine, received four-month sentences after being caught smooching in front of Rabat’s famous Hassan Tower on June 5th.

Homosexual activity in Morocco is punishable by up to three years in prison.

A lawyer for the 37 and 25-year-old said they would appeal.

Their jailing comes just a week after magazine Maroc Hebdo asked on its front cover: “Should we burn gays?”

The edition was eventually withdrawn after public outrage.

Its editors said the headline and story were meant to stimulate debate.