REPORT: 4 IRANIANS TO HANG FOR GAY SEX

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There are reports that four Iranian men’s death sentences have been upheld and that they will shortly hang for having had gay sex.

According to the Human Rights Activist News Agency in Iran, the men’s death sentences for sodomy under Sharia law have been confirmed by high court judges.

The men have been named as Saadat Arefi, Vahid Akbari, Javid Akbari and Houshmand Akbari. They are believed to be from the town of Choram, in the Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province of Iran.

While it’s not clear when the executions will take place, they are said to be imminent.

London based Iranian Human Rights Lawyer, Mehri Jafari commented: “I am horrified and saddened to have heard the news about these four men. Not only with regards to the execution which is about to take place, but the fact that is beyond our control.”

She went on to say: “There are two important issues in this case; the location of the alleged occurrence and the interpretation of the Sharia’ law that a Hodud (strict Sharia punishment) is eminent. Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad is one of the most undeveloped provinces in Iran and it is obvious that a lack of access to lawyers and fair trial can be considered a serious issue in this case.

“After this announcement it is very likely that the execution will be carried out soon, and the remote location makes it difficult to exert any influence on the process.”

LGBTQ Nation quoted a gay activist based in Iran as saying that a number of other men have been hanged for similar “crimes” in the past five months.

Human rights activists have claimed that between 4,000 and 6,000 gay men and lesbians had been executed in Iran since 1979 for crimes related to their sexual preference.

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