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Egypt court convicts 8 over alleged same-sex wedding video, imprisons each for 3 years

  • Eight Egyptian men convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat cover their faces as they leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays, atheists, liberal and pro-democracy activists and violators of a draconian law on street protests. Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years. Egypt's crackdown is taking place as the country of nearly 90 million people appears to be steadily moving to the right, with jingoism and xenophobia dominating the media. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Eight Egyptian men convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat cover their faces as they leave the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays, atheists, liberal and pro-democracy activists and violators of a draconian law on street protests. Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years. Egypt's crackdown is taking place as the country of nearly 90 million people appears to be steadily moving to the right, with jingoism and xenophobia dominating the media. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • 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, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays, atheists, liberal and pro-democracy activists and violators of a draconian law on street protests. Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years. Egypt's crackdown is taking place as the country of nearly 90 million people appears to be steadily moving to the right, with jingoism and xenophobia dominating the media. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    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, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays, atheists, liberal and pro-democracy activists and violators of a draconian law on street protests. Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years. Egypt's crackdown is taking place as the country of nearly 90 million people appears to be steadily moving to the right, with jingoism and xenophobia dominating the media. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

  • Eight Egyptian men convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat appear in the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays, atheists, liberal and pro-democracy activists and violators of a draconian law on street protests. Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years. Egypt's crackdown is taking place as the country of nearly 90 million people appears to be steadily moving to the right, with jingoism and xenophobia dominating the media. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Eight Egyptian men convicted for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in a video of an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat appear in the defendant's cage in a courtroom in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Saturday's verdict that sentenced each of them to three years in prison is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays, atheists, liberal and pro-democracy activists and violators of a draconian law on street protests. Consensual same-sex relations are not explicitly prohibited, but other laws have been used to imprison gay men in recent years. Egypt's crackdown is taking place as the country of nearly 90 million people appears to be steadily moving to the right, with jingoism and xenophobia dominating the media. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

An Egyptian court has convicted eight men for "inciting debauchery" following their appearance in an alleged same-sex wedding party on a Nile boat, sentencing each of them to three years in prison.

The Internet video shows two men exchanging rings and embracing among cheering friends. In September, a statement from the office of Egypt's chief prosecutor said the video clip was "shameful to God" and "offensive to public morals."

Saturday's verdict is the latest in a crackdown by authorities against gays and atheists. The campaign also targets liberal and pro-democracy activists and violators of a draconian law on street protests.

The New York-based Human Rights Watch said in September that Egyptian authorities have repeatedly arrested and tortured men suspected of consensual gay conduct.