Israeli Prison Allows Homosexual Conjugal Visit for First Time

Tarlan Hankishayev, jailed for falsely incriminating suspect in a 2009 gay youth club shooting, wins long fight for rights

Tarlan Hankishayev (center), the former state witness in the 2009 shooting attack at the Bar Noar gay youth club in Tel Aviv , at the Tel Aviv District Court on May 20, 2015 (Roy Alima/Flash90)

Prison authorities decided Tuesday to allow a homosexual prisoner a conjugal visit with his male partner for the first time in Israel.

Tarlan Hankishayev, a former state’s witness jailed for fabricating evidence against a suspect in a deadly shooting at a Tel Aviv gay youth club in 2009, had had two requests for such a visit denied by the authorities on the grounds that there was insufficient proof that he and his partners were in a real relationship.

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