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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Gay Iranian teenager granted asylum in UK

Nineteen -year-old Mehdi Kazemi, a gay teenager who said he could be executed if returned to his home country of Iran, has been granted asylum in Britain, BBC News reported Wednesday.

Kazemi had come to London to study English in 2005 and later discovered his boyfriend had been charged with sodomy and executed in Iran.

Kazemi’s first bid for asylum was denied late last year, prompting him to flee to the Netherlands. After being denied entry by Dutch courts, his case was reviewed again in the UK. It won the backing of Democrat MP Simon Hughes, who led a campaign in support of Kazemi.

Iranian human rights groups believe that over 4,000 homosexual men and women have been executed in Iran since the Islamic regime took power in 1979.

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