17 Homosexuals Arrested…for Being Homosexual (Dubai)

DUBAI police say they have arrested 17 foreign men for allegedly being gay and wearing women’s clothes in public in the Middle East tourist hub.

The men, who were either working or holidaying in Dubai according to Dubai’s Criminal Investigation Department spokesman Zuhair Horoun, were arrested on Wednesday.

The arrests are part of a local campaign launched in May to stop on displays of transvestism in public places.

A report in Dubai’s Gulf News said that the “cross-dressing tourists” would be deported soon.

“This is against the UAE’s traditions and social values,” said Dubai Police Chief, Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim.

Homosexuality is illegal in the strict Muslim city-state.

Dubai has also issued a crack down on topless sunbathing, nudity and other forms of indecent behaviour after a British couple was arrested for allegedly having sex on a beach.

Undercover police have been rostered to patrol beaches and man watchtowers as part of the latest campaign against “indecency”.

Over the past two weeks, police have detained a total of 79 people for “disturbing families enjoying the beach” with their behaviour, said Haroun.

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Ten Christian converts arrested (Iran)

Tehran, 28 May (AKI) – Ten Iranians who converted from Islam to Christianity in recent months have been arrested in the southern city of Shiraz.

According to Goodarz, a spokesperson for the Iranian converts, more than 35 of them have been arrested since the beginning of the year. Goodarz himself has taken refuge in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

The new Majlis or Iranian parliament which met for the first time on Tuesday will be discussing in the coming weeks proposed laws presented by the government to reform the penal code.

Under the new law, anyone born to a Muslim father who decides to renounce Islam and convert to another faith, faces the death penalty.

The punishment is currently absent from the Iranian penal code even though in the past, dozens of Christian converts and followers of the Bahai faith have been hanged.

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