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Post by Guest on Sun 08 Aug 2010, 10:29 pm

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The Guardian wrote:The client of human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei has been sentenced to death in spite of retracted testimony

An 18-year-old Iranian is facing imminent execution on charges of homosexuality, even though he has no legal representation. Ebrahim Hamidi, who is not gay, was sentenced to death for lavat, or sodomy, on the basis of "judge's knowledge", a legal loophole that allows for subjective judicial rulings where there is no conclusive evidence.

Hamidi had been represented by human rights lawyer Mohammad Mostafaei, who has since been forced to flee Iran after bringing to international attention the case of another of his clients, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old Iranian mother of two who has been sentenced to death by stoning for adultery. Mostafaei was due to arrive in Norway yesterday to begin a life in exile while continuing his campaigns on behalf of his clients, including Hamidi.

At the same time, human rights activist Peter Tatchell has written to the foreign secretary, William Hague, urging him to contact the chief justice of Iran and ask that the execution be halted.

"Ebrahim's case is evidence that innocent heterosexual people can be sentenced to death on false charges of homosexuality [in Iran]," said Tatchell, co-founder of the London-based gay rights group OutRage.

Hamidi was arrested two years ago in the suburbs of the western city of Tabriz in the East Azerbaijan province after a fight with members of another family. Three of his friends were also involved in the incident and were subsequently arrested. Later, the four were accused of homosexual assault on a man and of attempting to abuse him sexually.

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.

After three days in detention, Hamidi confessed to the crime, allegedly under torture. The other three were cleared of all charges when promised by officials that they would be freed if they testified against Hamidi.

However, last month Hamidi's alleged victim admitted that he had been under pressure from his parents to make false accusations. Nevertheless the local judiciary has insisted that Hamidi should be executed.

Mostafaei initially wrote an open letter about Hamidi's case to highlight the execution of juvenile offenders. But two weeks ago Mostafaei's wife, Fereshteh Halimi, was arrested and had been kept in solitary confinement in Tehran's notorious Evin prison without charge until late last night, when the Observer understood that she was released.

Mostafaei fled to Turkey, where he was promptly arrested for entering the country illegally. On Friday, however, the Turkish authorities released him after EU diplomats intervened on his behalf. As he left, Mostafaei had repeated his fears for his wife's safety. "They've taken her in as a hostage; it's kidnapping," he told the Observer. "Just look at what is happening to my wife and realise the flaws and failings of the Iranian legal system, especially towards Ebrahim Hamidi and Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, who are awaiting execution on basis of false accusations," he added.

Mostafaei, whose office in Tehran is now sealed off, is credited with saving at least 50 people from execution during his career, among them many juvenile offenders. A recent client, Ali Mahin-Torabi, 21, was released in July after Mostafaei's efforts commuted his death sentence. With Mostafaei exiled, activists are worried for Hamidi. "It's shocking that although Hamidi's accuser admitted in a recorded testimony that he had lied, he is still facing execution," Mostafaei said.

Keep it classy, Iran.

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Post by joebarnes on Mon 09 Aug 2010, 8:40 am

Despite what protests are made, sanctions put on them Iran will still continue to do what the fuck they want.

Crazy world we live in.
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Post by agua on Mon 09 Aug 2010, 10:29 am

just like the christians
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Post by Guest on Mon 09 Aug 2010, 10:50 am

agua wrote:just like the christians any religion.
Fixed! I'm all for religion IF people use it as a basic set of morals that give them strong, decent principals...things like caring unconditionally about eachother, y'know good stuff. Even though I'm not a believer in God, I think being religious can be a fantastic and rewarding thing. A lot of charities are born and associated under different religions and do truly fantastic work and have nothing but my utmost repsect.

Whilst I'm on this soapbox, I'll also mention how (in my opinion) religion can also be a fucking dreadful thing. When it's adopted and causes people to have simply backwards, repulsive, medieval views (such as those against homosexuality) it really puts my back up. You still hear stories of women being stoned to death, men being executed, villages being gassed and schools being bombed fundamentally because of religion. It's a clash of civilizations much bigger than any other. I'd argue that the wars in the middle-east now, the ongoing troubles in Gaza are all directly linked to difference stemming from religious identities. Iran actively finds and slaughters Zionists purely for being publicly pro-jewish etc...violence in football (Kev could paint this picture better) often stems purely from different religious beliefs.

I'll stop now, I didn't want or mean to offend any religious folk by the way.

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Post by agua on Mon 09 Aug 2010, 11:20 am

whole-heartedly agree
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Post by Grandpa Clivey on Tue 05 Oct 2010, 4:45 am

This is a terrible example of blinkered religious fanatacism which I suspect has little to do with any mainstream faith.

I try to follow Christian values, as enshrined in the second great Commandment - to Love Your Neighbour as Yourself, and in the parable of the Good Samaritan which shows that everyone is our neighbour.

The problem with fundamentalists is that they take one or two verses of a holy book out of context, and hang all their beliefs on those couple of verses. Many so-called Christians appear to miss the point of Christianity which is one of selfless, non-sexual / Agape Love. One such is Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas, where he founded his "Westboro Baptist Church" which has nothing to do with the teachings of Christ. ,
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Post by Poppins on Thu 14 Oct 2010, 8:50 am

Grandpa Clivey wrote:This is a terrible example of blinkered religious fanatacism which I suspect has little to do with any mainstream faith.

I try to follow Christian values, as enshrined in the second great Commandment - to Love Your Neighbour as Yourself, and in the parable of the Good Samaritan which shows that everyone is our neighbour.

The problem with fundamentalists is that they take one or two verses of a holy book out of context, and hang all their beliefs on those couple of verses. Many so-called Christians appear to miss the point of Christianity which is one of selfless, non-sexual / Agape Love. One such is Fred Phelps of Topeka, Kansas, where he founded his "Westboro Baptist Church" which has nothing to do with the teachings of Christ. ,

Hear, hear. The Bible spends more time outlining what food you can and can't eat than discussing homosexuality. It's ridiculous that so many 'Christian' people waste their time condemning others for their sexual practises, especially when most of Jesus' message was about love and forgiveness. Although I'm not a practising Christian by any standards, most of my friends from university are/were, and they were the most kind, caring and tolerant lot I've ever met. Beyond the obvious harm that obnoxious cocks like Phelps do, it's a crying shame that real Christians get tarred with the same brush as the horrible few. I'm guessing the same goes for other religions - I've never yet met anyone who would describe themselves as Muslim who was anything other than lovely, and for their troubles we had the EDL screaming down our street a couple of months back on account of a few extremist idiots. Madness.
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