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Iranian youth reportedly sentenced to death by hanging for alleged homosexual relations

From Dan Littauer, Gay Middle East editor:

9.7.2010

Freedom and Democracy for Iran, a facebook group, posted a story that was said to be broadcasted by Radio Zamaneh, an Iranian station broadcasting from Amsterdam.  According to the group, an Iranian youth in Tabriz, Ebraim Hamidi, has been sentenced to death by hanging for the charge of having homosexual relations.

According to the attorney of Ebraim, Mohammad Mostafai, three other people (Hamid Taghi, Mehdi Pouran and Mohammad Rezai) were also accused of homosexual relations but were acquitted. Mosatafai also remarked that acquittal was following an appeal to the Supreme Court of Iran, where three men were acquitted while Ebrahim Hamidi’s death sentence was upheld.

Amnesty International reported that in 2009 over 388 people were executed in Iran. According to Wikipedia, the the Boroumand Foundation, records at least 107 executions with charges related to homosexuality between 1979 and 1990.

Link to Freedom and Democracy for Iran

Link for Radio Zamaneh: http://www.radiozamaneh.com/

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