UK Tourist Returns Home After Morocco Arrest for Being Gay 6 years ago

UK Tourist Returns Home After Morocco Arrest for Being Gay

Ray Cole has returned home to Britain for Morocco after a stint in an overcrowded Marrakesh jail. He was arrested for being gay. 

Cole, 69, from Kent had been sentenced to four months in prison after homosexual images were found on his phone. Homosexuality is still a crime in Morocco.

A Facebook campaign set up by Cole's son Adrian to draw attention to his case was updated last night with some happy news, with a post reading:  "We are delighted to announce that our dad, Ray Cole has been released from prison and is on his way home.

"We would like to thank each and every one of you here and in Morocco who has helped our campaign to secure the release of our wonderful father.

"We would also like to thank the Moroccan authorities for showing compassion.

"We would ask that you allow us some time as a family to absorb the news and to spend some time with Dad."

Adrian Cole, 41, told the BBC: "Our legal team in Marrakesh lodged an appeal today. It has moved much faster than we expected and the court was able to take the step of releasing my father."

Ray was reunited with his family at Gatwick Airport last night.