Dubai Detains 17
Accused of Homosexual Behavior

Police in the
Gulf tourist hub of Dubai say they've detained 17
foreigners for allegedly displaying homosexual behavior in
malls and other public places.

Police spokesman
Zuhair Horoun says all the suspects are men who were
either visiting or working in Dubai. He says they were
detained Wednesday but did not elaborate or give
details about their behavior.

Dubai's Gulf News
reported Thursday that police detained ''40
cross-dressing tourists.'' The paper quotes Dubai's police
chief as saying the arrests are part of a campaign
against ''transvestites.''

Outward
homosexual behavior is banned in the United Arab Emirates.
Despite its Western outlook, Dubai is a Muslim city-state
that remains largely hostile to homosexuality. (AP)

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