A Tunisian court sentenced six students to three years in jail, each, on charges of sodomy in a judgement condemned by human rights activists. The students’ lawyer Boutheina Karkni said on Monday the young men were detained in November and December after “neighbours denounced them”.
They were made to undergo anal examinations – a routine order in Tunisia for men accused of engaging in same-sex relations in an attempt to find “proof” of sodomy. The method has been discredited as unscientific, according to rights group Amnesty International.
A court in the city of Kairouan handed down the maximum jail terms last week under a controversial article of the criminal code that criminalises sex between two males, Karkni told the AFP news agency.