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The edition was eventually withdrawn after public outrage.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.
FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) June 13, 2015