Members of Lebanon's LGBTQ community attend a picnic the coastal city of Batroun, north of Beirut, on May 21, 2017, as part of the Beirut Pride week aimed at raising awarness about the rights of the community. / AFP / IBRAHIM CHALHOUB
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The Penal Appeal Court in Mount Lebanon upheld a decision by a Metn judge in a case that ruled homosexuality was not a crime. The Court, headed by Judge Randa Kfoury, issued a binding decision on July 12, upholding a ruling taken by Metn Judge Rabih Maalouf on Jan. 26, 2017, which prevented the prosecution of several people charged with violating Penal Code Article 534 . Maalouf's ruling was appealed by the State Prosecution of Appeals on Feb. 1, 2017 that requested the judge's ruling be annulled and for the defendants to be prosecuted based on Article 534 of the Penal Code.
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