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Two Indonesian men sentenced to 85 lashes after having gay sex

Two Indonesian men sentenced to 85 lashes after having gay sex

Two homosexual men received 85 lashes in Indonesia, after it was established that they had sex together.

Judges in an Indonesian Court ignored pleas for clemency from international human rights groups, and sentenced the two men to a public caning. The prosecutor in the case had only requested 80 lashes, which is a sign, if ever one was needed, that the Aceh region wanted to send a strong message about homosexuality in that country.

"The defendants are proven to have committed sodomy and are found guilty," said presiding Judge Khairil Jamal.

Naturally, human rights groups have reacted angrily to the verdict and to the punishment.

Human Rights Watch spokesperson, Andreas Harsono, said he was absolutely appalled by the case and its outcome.

"The verdict will increase fear among LGBT people not only in Aceh but also in many other, especially conservative provinces ... in Indonesia," said Harsono.

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