The girls, identified as year-old Sanaa and year-old Hajar, were detained after being "caught kissing and hugging on the roof of a house" in Marrakesh last week, according to the Moroccan Association of Human Rights. A passer-by photographed them and sent pictures to the families of the girls who informed the police and the two girls were arrested on the same day, activist Omar Arbib told AFP. The girls will be defended by a lawyer appointed by the Moroccan Association of Human Rights, and were due to appear in court on Friday. Upon landing in Gatwick airport, Mr Cole described the prison he was kept in as "a concentration camp, not a jail". You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Want to discuss real-world problems, be involved in the most engaging discussions and hear from the journalists? Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium.
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Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is illegal in Morocco. Article of the Penal Code of Morocco criminalises "lewd or unnatural acts with an individual of the same sex". When one is arrested in Morocco for a suspected homosexual act, their name becomes publicized outing the individual regardless as to whether they are homosexual or not. In , two girls were arrested in Marrakesh after one's cousin took a photo of them kissing.
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