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Is Egypt verdict a victory for LGBT rights?

An Egyptian court shocked many by acquitting 26 men accused of indecency and debauchery in a high-profile case made infamous by a journalist widely regarded as unethical.
Defendants react after hearing the verdict at a court in Cairo January 12, 2015.  An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the release of 26 men who were detained last month in a raid on a Cairo bath house after police received a tip that they were holding gay orgies."The court has ruled that all the accused are innocent," the judge said.  REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) - RTR4L2M4

CAIRO — The scene described by lawyers at a Cairo court on Jan. 4-5 evoked classic paintings of Roman orgies. Quoting a police report, they described how 21 out of 26 defendants standing trial on charges of indecency and habitual debauchery had been caught in various sexual positions during a Dec. 7 raid on a public bathhouse.

Photos of these towel-clad, bare-chested men covering their faces as they were led outside the Bab El-Bahr bathhouse made the depiction plausible. TV reporter Mona Iraqi posted these photos on Facebook under the self-congratulatory title of raiding “the largest den of group perversion.”

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