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19 men are flogged in public and are fined 1000 Sudanese Pounds (approximately 400 US dollars) for cross-dressing
The alleged transvestites, whose public flogging yesterday was witnessed by some 200 people, were caught last month when the police raided their private party in a flat in Omdurman town.
Some local newspapers reported that the party was thrown to celebrate same sex marriage.
According to Reuters, the trial judge said that the police found the men dancing in “a womanly fashion”
The men had no defense lawyers to represent them. One lawyer told Reuters on condition of anonymity that legal advocates were afraid to take on such a defense."These people did not get a chance for justice," he said, adding that "public opinion and the media prejudged them and lawyers were too scared to come and defend them."
Sudan Tribune, August 5, 2010
Seven men are convicted of 'indecency' for wearing lighting makeup during a fashion show and are fined 200 Sudanese pounds
The men, amateur models at the “Sudanese Next Top Model Fashion Show” in June, were arrested by the public order police, a body known for its crackdowns on perceived indecent dress and drinking in the Muslim north, one defendant told Reuters.
All seven were found guilty on Wednesday and each fined 200 Sudanese pounds, as was a woman who faced the same charge for applying the makeup, said lawyer Nabil Adib.
“The court thought that they were indecently dressed … The judge thought that wearing makeup could be offensive for men and allowing a woman to put makeup on men was against the law,” said Adib.
The lawyer said he had argued in court that men, including religious preachers, regularly wore makeup for appearances on Sudan’s state television station.
The defendants could have faced a maximum punishment of 40 lashes and imprisonment, said Adib.Sudanese U.N. official Lubna Hussein was briefly jailed for wearing trousers in public after being found guilty for the same offence in 2009, a case that drew international criticism.
Reuters, December 9, 2010