Thursday, October 09, 2014
Brit jailed in Morocco after accusation of gay "sex tourism"; why did authorities look at his cell phone?
NBC News has reported a disturbing arrest and jailing (for 20 days) in Morocco of British tourist Ray Cole, 69, for “being gay”, story here. ITV News reported that he was imprisoned for 4 months (120 days?) in this story.
He was visiting Marrakech with a Moroccan friend, Jamal Jam Wald Nass, 20, who is still in jail. A photo of them was found on Cole’s phone, and used as “evidence of homosexual acts”. It isn’t clear why their phone was searched, or if it could have been hacked. Authorities deemed he was a “sex tourist”. BBC has a story here.
Back in the 1960s and 1970s, though, Morocco had an informal reputation as a "gay destination".
Wikipedia attribution link for desert picture from Morocco