Tuesday 20 May 2008

Sense prevails

Gay Iranian granted asylum in UK

A gay Iranian teenager who feared he could be executed if he was returned home has been given asylum in Britain.
Mehdi Kazemi, 19, came to London to study English in 2005, but later discovered that his boyfriend had been charged with sodomy in Iran and hanged.
Iranian human rights campaigners believe more than 4,000 gay men and lesbians have been executed since 1979.
Mr Kazemi fled to the Netherlands after the Home Office rejected his case late last year, but a Dutch court ruled he could not claim asylum in the Netherlands.
Jacqui Smith said his case would be reviewed after he was sent back to the UK.