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Iran executes ‘gangster’ for alleged gay sex

Marvdasht's location in Iran
Marvdasht's location in Iran

A man identified only by the initials “CH M” was hanged in public on April 19 for homosexual sodomy in the Iranian city of Marvdasht in Fars province, the city’s attorney general told the Fars New Agency.

The actual reason for the execution remained unclear, because the young man was labeled a “gangster” who “performed the type of ‘unlawful activities’ for which the death penalty is usually applied” by Attorney General Gholamhossein Chamansara said, according to Gay Star News.

He said the man’s “despicable act” violated Islamic Sharia law.

Gay Star News reported:

The Iranian Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRAN) stated that the reference to ‘despicable acts’ indicates that the death penalty was carried due to same-sex acts. However the judiciary regulatory office in Fars Province was unwilling to give more precise information about the case and the type of sexual activities of the executed man.

Commenting on the case, Hossein Alizadeh, of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) told Gay Star News: ‘None of the media sources that we have seen indicates that the person executed was gay.

‘The state media have conflicting reports, noting that the person was involved in rape, sodomy and 10 other counts of criminal activities, including kidnapping and blackmailing.

‘Even the initials of the person’s name is reported differently in different sources. All sources so far have mentioned the person had a history of criminal activity and have described him as a gangster.”

‘At this point, all we have are three media reports by three state-run sources. Given the lack of transparency in the Iranian legal system, it is not possible for us to verify any of the information.’

Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at info@76crimes.com. Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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