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Iran Ready To Execute Teenager for False Sodomy Charges

Iran Ready To Execute Teenager for False Sodomy Charges

An 18-year-old Iranian boy is set to be executed on charges of sodomy, although the accusations against him have been proved false.  His attorney, Mohammad Mostafaei, was recently forced to flee the country after drawing international attention to another one of his clients, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who has been sentenced to stoning for adultery.  The boy, Ebrahim Hamidi, is heterosexual, and was arrested two years ago along with three other young men after a violent incident with members of another family.  The four boys were later accused of sexually assaulting another man.

Hamidi confessed to the crime, allegedly under torture.  The other three were released after testifying against Hamidi.  But last month, the victim admitted that he had been under pressure from his parents to make false accusations.  The laws against sodomy in Iran are fairly draconian.  The Guardian reports that “a person convicted of homosexuality in Iran can be lashed, hanged or stoned to death. The law includes a variety of penalties for different acts: 99 lashes if two unrelated males sleep “unnecessarily” under the same blanket – even without any sexual contact. A boy raped by an adult man would also be lashed if the court decided that he had “enjoyed” the experience.” 

Many of these are subjective judgments and not based on conclusive evidence, and often, defendants are subject to the whims of the judiciary.  Such is the case with Hamidi, who was convicted under “judge’s knowledge”, what the Guardian describes as “a legal loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where there is no conclusive evidence.”

“It’s shocking that although Hamidi’s accuser admitted in a recorded testimony that he had lied, he is still facing execution,” Mostafaei, Hamidi’s lawyer, said.  Many are worried for Hamidi because his lawyer was forced to flee the country, although he is trying to continue his campaigns for his clients from Norway.  We can only hope that the Iranian government will not do the unthinkable, and execute an innocent teenager for a crime that he clearly did not commit.

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6:42AM PDT on Sep 28, 2010

Weird country ,weird laws,how come some one confesses they lied ,and they are still going to execute the innocent victim,where's the justice?there isn't any,and if the judge doesn't like you ,your've got 'Buckleys.'

6:28AM PDT on Aug 30, 2010

When it comes to human rights, Iran is the most vulgar, inhumane country of the world. The monsters of the planet!

11:59PM PDT on Aug 23, 2010

it is shocking that this can still be going on in the times that we're living in. Not to disrespect or judge religous beliefs or practises I do think that sometimes, as in this case, it is used as a mantle to promote our own selfish agendas!!! where is the justice in all this?

8:25AM PDT on Aug 16, 2010

What a joke, that someone can be arrested based on false charges.

6:45AM PDT on Aug 16, 2010

Where's the petition to save this kid?

2:33PM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

Gotta love Iran. They are so much better than my country. {{{{{sarcasm}}}}}}

10:03AM PDT on Aug 15, 2010

Yeah, guys, just this is not about Iranians, or any religion...you´re screaming here because of "bad Iranians or whoever else", try to save maybe hungry kittens - nothing against hungry kittens, while at the same time your government is torturing unbeliavably and executing your own - also often innocent - people just under your nose...it seems to be very comfortable to not see this (till you still have your job, house, and freedom), right? I think Matthew 7:3 had said it quite nicely...excuse me, please

7:16PM PDT on Aug 14, 2010

I'm glad I don't live in a country like Iran which is ruled by a theocracy. That's all the more reason why we should not allow religious fanatics in the U.S. to continue to influence politics the way they have for the last 20 or so years. Or, we could end up having a theocracy in the U.S. that will rival some of the backward countries in the middle east. The theocracy ruling Iran is probably the best argument for the separation of church and state in recent history.

10:37AM PDT on Aug 14, 2010

I'll keep this poor kid in my prayers. Its so horrible that they'd do something to someone who didn't even do anything wrong!

7:39AM PDT on Aug 14, 2010

My thoughts and questions are the same as are what Jane Richmond has stated in her well put comment.

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