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Egypt cuts ‘gay wedding video’ jail terms
A court in Egypt has reduced to one year the three-year jail sentences given to eight men for appearing in a video alleged to show a gay marriage.
All eight denied charges of inciting debauchery and offending public morality during the trial in November.
The video, which was posted to YouTube in September, shows two men exchanging rings on a boat on the Nile.
Though homosexuality is legal in Egypt, it remains a taboo. Police raids on gay venues have risen in recent months.
Relatives of the defendants screamed and wept on hearing the new sentences given by a Cairo appeal court, AFP news agency reports.
In April, a court in Egypt sentenced four men to up to eight years in prison for committing homosexual acts.
A mass round-up in 2001 saw dozens of men sentenced on similar charges.