British holidaymaker jailed for four months in ‘moderate’ Morocco for being gay

unnamed-11Ray Cole, 69

A British holidaymaker has been jailed for four months in Morocco for being gay.

Ray Cole, 69, from Deal in Kent had been visiting a Moroccan man in Marrakesh who he had met online when the pair were approached by police at a bus stop.

Officers arrested Mr Cole and Jamal Jam Wald Nass on suspicion of being homosexual – a crime that carries a maximum three year sentence in the country.

His family feared he had gone missing after losing contact with him for a nearly a week when he was arrested on September 18. He was eventually able to get in contact by ringing his home number – the only one he knew – from a fellow prisoner’s phone.

The grandfather-of-one, who came out as gay a few years ago, spoke to his housemate and told him he had been arrested but did not know where he was.

Mr Cole and Mr Jam Wald Nass were both sentenced to four months in prison on October 2…