Three men have been hanged in Iran for allegedly raping a teen boy – although Iranian law does not clearly differentiate between consensual gay sex and rape.
The Iranian judiciary website reported that Ghavaam Ataakeshzadeh, Mustafaa Karimi Khanghaah and Reza Dehghaan were hanged on Monday.
According to Gay Middle East, few details are known about the case, such as the age of the teenager or if the sexual encounter was consensual or truly rape.
“There is a lack of transparency in the Iranian courts, which has always been a problem during the past 30 years. This has worsened following the 2009 elections, and includes all cases tried in courts and not only related to sodomy,” commented Saghi Ghahraman, chair of the Iranian Queer Organization (IRQO).
Last week, it was reported that two other Iranian men accused of non-consensual gay sex had been sentenced to execution by stoning.
Ayub (20) and Mosleh (21) filmed themselves having sex with a 17 year old, but it is believed that in order to save his life the boy may have claimed to have been raped.
Iran is one of seven countries with laws allowing executions for consensual same-sex conduct.
In December, Human Rights Watch said that “it cannot be ruled out that Iran is sentencing sexual minorities who engage in consensual same-sex relations to death under the guise that they have committed forcible sodomy or rape”.