A Sudanese court on Wednesday sentenced 19 young Muslim men to 30 lashes and a fine for breaking moral codes by wearing women's clothes and makeup.
Many of the defendants tried to hide their faces from the around 200 people who watched as they were lashed straight after their sentencing. The men had no lawyers present and said nothing in their own defense.
The trial judge said police had raided a party thrown by the 19 men and found them dancing "in a womanly fashion," wearing women's clothes and makeup.
Local newspapers reported that the party was held to celebrate a same-sex wedding, propelling it into a talking point all over Khartoum's conservative Muslim society.
One lawyer present, who declined to be named, said legal advocates would have been afraid to take on such a defense.
"These people did not get a chance for justice," he said. "Public opinion and the media prejudged them and lawyers were too scared to come and defend them."
COMMENT: To claim that the people who tortured these young men have just climbed down from the trees would be a racist lie. To claim that they are rapidly ascending the trees would, on the other hand, be pretty damn accurate.