Egypt Frees 26 Caught in Bathhouse Raid

Egypt acquitted 26 men who were arrested in a recent police raid on a bathhouse near Cairo that targeted gay men. The verdict was announced Monday after only three hearings. Although Egypt does not have a formal law against same-sex relations, the men were arrested last month on charges of “debauchery,” a common tactic for jailing LGBT people, and performing indecent public acts. Activists say 2014 was an especially bad year for the gay community in Egypt, with 150 men arrested or put on trial.