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Two men face 80 lashes in Indonesia after being accused of having gay sex

Sharia solicitors in Aceh province say pair professed to being in a gay relation when he was filmed by vigilantes

Sharia prosecutors in Indonesias Aceh province say two men on trial for lesbian sex should each be punished with 80 flogs, in another blow to the countrys moderate image after a top Christian official was imprisoned for blasphemy.

The lead prosecutor, Gulmaini, who goes by one epithet, said on Wednesday the two men aged 20 and 23 had professed to being in a gay relation, which was supported by video footage and other indication found in their rented room.

The humen were led into the court handcuff together and drew their shirts up to partially fog their faces.

They were arrested in late March after locality vigilantes in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, suspected them of being lesbian and set out to catch them having sex. Mobile phone footage that circulated online and is the responsibility of the evidence evidences one of “the mens” naked and visibly distressed as he apparently calls for help on his cellphone. The second man is repeatedly push ahead with another man who is preventing the couple from leaving the room.

If found guilty “the mens” will be the first to be caned for lesbian sex under a brand-new sharia code implemented in Aceh two years ago. Aceh is the only district in Muslim-majority Indonesia to rule sharia law, which was a concession made by the national government in 2006 to goal a years-long campaign with separatists.

Indonesias reputation for practising a moderate form of Islam has been battered in the past time due to assaults on religious minorities, increases in abuse of lesbian people and a polarising election campaign for Jakarta governor that highlighted the growing strength of hardline Islamic groups.

On Tuesday the outgoing Jakarta governor, national minorities Christian, was sentenced to two years prison for blasphemy against the Quran.

In Aceh the sharia courts panel of three judges will announce its verdict next week.

Gulmani told reporters that “the mens” did not accept the courts offer to appoint a defence lawyer. He declined to elaborate but guilty verdicts are certain in most cases that reach the sharia court.

The sharia code allows up to 100 flogs for righteousnes offences including lesbian sex. Caning is also a penalty for adultery, lottery, boozing booze, women who wear tight clothes and men who hop-skip Friday prayers.

Human Rights Watch has called for the government is immediately liberate the two men. These humen had their privacy attacked in a frightening and humbling manner and now face public torture for the offences of their alleged sexual orientation, it said in a statement last month.

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